Malbec is one of the first varietals to peak my interest in fermented grape juice. It was just as fruity as Pinot Noir but more complex. A wine that you just as easily pair with food as you can good friends. Once considered a trash grape in France it has found new life in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Which is where the one I am trying today comes from.
-Appearance: Dark ruby red in the glass, very nice extraction. You are not seeing through this glass.
-Nose: Very fragrant. Got a huge whiff of boysenberries as I twisted the top. Very funky up front and you are overwhelmed with the alcohol. It did open up after about a half hour. The funkiness stays though, making its presence known in the form of freshly turned wet soil. Notes of baby powder and black pepper.
-Palate: Medium plus alcohol (14.2% for those wondering) Medium plus acid and silky tannins come on the backside from the oak which you didn’t get on the nose at all.
Its a budget Malbec for sure. But hey this varietal isn’t known for being extremely expensive. It would be great for your everyday drinker or the 2nd bottle of the night with a few friends.