Mendoza, Argentina; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 July
Of the new wines that showed up after a dearth of such, this wine looked interesting but was in my second round. It’s a bit different than the Argentinian Malbecs I’ve had previously, and at first I wasn’t totally sure I liked it.
In contrast to my usual decanting, I just slowly had small pours out of this bottle over time. The wine started out a bit sulfurous, and I thought it needed about an hour of air. Then, it tasted of light purple plum, blueberry, boysenberry, and something floral similar to those fruits, with plenty of wood throughout and a quite woody finish. If you couldn’t tell, I really wish they had used less wood, because the fruit is otherwise nicely balanced and elegant. Perhaps they were just trying to make a wine to contrast from the generally fruity nature of South American wines.
Also, instead of my usual fussing over storing the rest of a bottle, last night I just put the cork back in the top of the half-emptied (or half-full) bottle. Today, I like the wine much better. The fruit is more forward, showing the same ripe fruits over the wood, and with more complexities of dark cocoa, coffee, and clove. The finish is still a bit woody for my taste, but overall it’s now quite tasty and I have to give it a Thumbs Up. It’s a nice example of an Argentinian Malbec that’s a bit more restrained and structured than the other ones I’ve tasted. Bin5 reviewed the previous vintage of this wine here.