Translated to English, La Posta means "The Tavern". It represents the tavern that the growers meet at in Mendoza, Argentina to enjoy and discuss the fruits of their labor. The back of each bottle highlights the story:
"We have tasted over a thousand wines since we began importing from Argentina. In that time, we have discovered a handful of grape growers whose results in the vineyards with specific varietals have been truly amazing--year in, year out. Our first encounter with many of these growers was at a posta del vinatero, or "tavern of the grape grower". Here they drank wine and spoke passionately for hours about their soils, their vines, and their quest for superior flavors in their grapes. We salute the hard work and skill of these growers by offering these vineyard-designated releases made solely with their special grapes."
In this "kitchen sink" red, the blend is 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. This blend creates wine that appeases both types of red wine drinkers. For those who want a bolder wine, it is oaked just long enough and it contains enough spice on the palate as well as finish for their taste. For those who prefer their reds to show more fruit, it is extremely evident in this wine at first sip. Overall, it is a easy-drinking red that is an absolute steal at around the $13 price point.
On a side note, I know I have said it before. I believe Bonarda (Charbono in California) is going to be the new buzz coming out of Argentina in coming years. It is showing extremely well already in wines from Mendoza and I think it will only get better as it becomes more prevalent. Malbec has put Argentina on the map in recent years but I think Bonarda and Torrontes will be taking their wine production to the next level!
La Posta Cocina Tinto in a Nutshell:
Description: 60% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 20% Bonarda. Great, juicy cherry and blueberry fruits shown throughout. A nice touch of cocoa and coffee to balance the fruit and create a wonderful full-flavored red.
Food Pairings: Perfect for Carne Asada or Steak Fajitas. Versatile wine that would also pair well with a burger or pizza as well.
Vintage/Price: Current Vintage is 2010. Price is a steal at the $13 to $15 mark.
For more information on La Posta and their other wines, please visit: La Posta Vineyards or Vine Connections