$20, 3 stars, 87 points, bright cellars, california, Lodi, Malbec
I had to look up the meaning of the name- Nihilist. It’s off-putting tbh but I will disregard for this tasting.
Medium ruby in the glass with a pronounced nose of black raspberry, red plum, strawberry compote, currant, a whiff of chocolate dust and dark cherry akin to Luxardos. A second swirl and I get a touch of smoke and florals. The palate is dry and tart. Medium tannins set the tone for a medium (+) body and medium intensity flavors of sour cherry, red plums, currants (black and red) and that floral note. The smoke is gone and the wine really shows off some acidity. In addition to the tartness, this bottle has a high level of structural acid. It’s a bit out of balance for me. The finish is a touch thin but lasts a decent length of time. Drink this wine till 2026 with some charcuterie and olives, something to cut the acid (Brie or Blue cheese). 87 points from me for this $20 effort makes it a 3 star wine. Salut….