Here are the tasting notes:
2006 Luna Benegas Cabernet Sauvignon $11.50 – medium-bodied, good dark fruit, easy to drink, soft tannins on the finish
2005 Don Tiburcio $17.50 – more complx, medium- to full-bodied with dark fruit, a little more tannic on the finish
2005 Benegas Malbec $23 – bigger, dark fruit, more tannic still. Needs to age a little, but beuatiful dark fruit and lots of it. Good with steak in year.
2006 Benegas Syrah $23 – a favorite at the tasting. Need to drink now. Has good dark fruit, easy, good sipper.
2005 Benegas Sangiovese $23 – a very big sangiovese. Not acidic & not light as you would normally expect from this varietal. Big, full-bodied. Needs a steak, too.
2004 Finca Libertad $28.50 – very complex, medium- to full-bodied Bordeaux blend. Fine tannins on the finish, delicate. Drink now. Serve with steak, roast, lamb.
2002 Benegas-Lynch Meritage $56 – biggest wine in the line-up. Decanter gave this vintage 5 starts and named it the Best New World Wine that year. It almost sold out at the tasting, with only 1 bottle left when we closed. It’s so delicious, we recommend just sipping this wine. It’s smooth, medium- to full-bodied; tannins have smoothed out. You have a really delicate wine. Drink now.
In fact that’s just want some people at the tasting did. When the tasting was technically over, but people were still hanging around as a film crew was interviewing Ms. Maulhardt for a documentary on Argentine wine, two gentlemen (who each bought a 6-pack of the Meritage amoung other things), just pulled a bottle from their case, popped it and starting sharing it with the people who were still there. A little unorthodox, but it was generous and festive and was a nice end to the evening.