Mendoza, Argentina; 13.5% ABV
$8 for 375ml at the Berkeley, CA, store on 9 Apr
This wine and the other half-bottles of Argentinian reds from Cuesta del Viento are apparently only at a few stores, including Berkeley, Oakland, and Redwood City. I was skeptical about Argentinian wines at this price in the GO, but curiosity got the better of me during the sale.
I think I can see why some people liked this well enough to buy it for the GO, but it’s not really to my taste. The color is on the lighter side, both in color (more red than purple) and in saturation. The flavors are purple cherry, redder plum, prune, and funky brown earth. The texture is gentle and softly textured, and overall it’s a reasonably tasty and engaging wine. Nonetheless, I find the flavors a little weird, in a sort of artificially flavored candy, or maybe slightly spoiled, sort of way. Others may like it (I’d like to hear from you if you do, or if you don’t for that matter), and I’d normally give this Drinkable, but at this price, I have to go with Thumbs Down. For $16 / 750ml, to my taste, one can do much better at the GO.