$14, 4 stars, 89 poitns, Argentina, Malbec, Mendoza, Naked Wines, Uco Valley
Deep purple colored with a secondary tinge of dark brown showing a touch of turbidity. Slow but thin legs show off the 13.6% ABV. The nose has medium intensity aromas of black currant, plum, vanilla, menthol, coffee, violets and black tea. The palate is dry with medium acidity and tannins alongside a medium body with flavors of black plum blackberry, vanilla and coffee. The nose is more intense and offers more complexity but the palate is very smooth and delicious. The nose was confusing me- it has aromas that would point to Cab Sav or even Merlot but it’s the structural parts on the palate that confirm it to be a Malbec- soft and juicy with an easy to drink tannic structure coupled with lower acidity. The finish is a touch short but there’s some charred oak notes alongside the dark fruit. I like this $14 effort a lot and give it 89 points, making it a 4 star wine. Tonight I am pairing it with baked Corned Beef and roasted potatoes. Drink till 2025. Salut….