Let me start by saying that I’m not a wine expert.  I’m a medical student who has neither the time nor the money to fully explore the wine world.  However, thanks to Spec’s, I had the opportunity to discover wines from Argentina. My conclusion?  I’m a fan of Argentine wines (at least the ones I tasted).

Maximiliano Hernandez Toso

Maximiliano Hernandez Toso, Managing Director and Co-Owner of Riglos Wines, traveled to Houston to introduce a gathering of wine lovers and buyers at Spec’s Midtown to his Argentine wines.

Riglos crafts single-vineyard wines in the foothills of the Andes mountains in the Uco Valley near Mendoza, Argentina.  Its vines were first planted in 2002 and its first vintage was released in 2006.  Riglos is considered a rising star in the world of wine.  If you look at a photo of the vineyard you’ll join me in adding Argentina and Riglos to your must-see bucket list.  I’m ready to hike the beautiful Andes mountains and to kick back with a glass of fine wine afterwards in the Riglos winery.

Here are the wines we tasted and my notes on each wine:

  • Riglos Quinto Sauvignon Blanc 2017 — Very bright, fresh, lemony, acidic, not carbonated but mysteriously tingles the tongue. I’ve always preferred white wines, and this might be my favorite ever. Sign me up.
  • Riglos Quinto Malbec 2017 — Dark fruit? leather? Is this what Malbec can taste like? Dry with a slight tannin, Light for a Malbec which is nice but it doesn’t quite have the rounded depth of flavor I like.
  • Riglos Gran Cabernet Franc (single vineyard) 2016 –Dark savory plumb-y woody taste but with a light feel. I like this. I would buy it if I could spend actual money on wine.

  • Riglos Gran Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) 2015 — Nice fruity floral smell, a deep flavor ‘balsamic?’ but quite dry with that dry mouth tannin feel. Light feeling on the mouth. Lingering bitter taste. Some people love more tart acidic red wines but I’m not that person.

  • Riglos Gran Malbec (100% Malbec) 2015 — A little bit sweeter Malbec, still deep with that fruit-woody- leatherish taste but smooth with a clean rich taste. Really nice, my favorite red here. I like it a lot.

  • Riglos Gran Corte (Bordeaux-style blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc) 2015 — Really interesting taste, it’s complicated and rich, but unlike a lot of flavorful reds it is drinkable and appealing without bitterness or tasting like you licked a fancy leather couch.

Maximiliano Hernandez Toso and Matthew LaGarde

Here’s a link to Spec’s selection of Riglos wines and their prices.  Thanks to both Specs and Mr. Hernandez Toso for introducing this poor Houston student to the world of Argentine wines.