Bright purple in the glass with long legs. On the nose it’s somewhat muted, but with a good swirl I am able to coax blackberry, vanilla bean and charred oak. On the palate it’s very inviting with black fruits, violets, licorice and crisp tannins. The mid palate is quite tart with sour black cherry and more blackberries. Towards the finish this wine gets more and more dry. The teeth and gums are coated with black and Lapsang Souchong teas, astringent yet tasty with a slight smoke note. It’s a very tasty wine that needs a few years in cellar. 90 points and 4 starts for this $17 Cab France. Salut….
Wow, the color of this Bonarda is spectacular- deep, rich purple, almost opaque, but clear enough to see around the edges. The nose is blackberry, black currants, oak influence and a rich fruit cake. The palate is very thick with gobs of fruit and a steely tannic grip. The main profile is more black fruits, some currant preserves, toasty coconut and those tannins that are a feature of this varietal. My gums are blackened with them and my mouth is puckering, just what I was hoping for when I ordered this wine. I really wanted to delve into some unique grapes from South America, this one does not disappoint. The mid-palate continues the massive fruit and tannin wave to a really long, dry finish. Blackberry jam, charcoal and black tea are all present. There’s a definitive spiciness to this wine that I am really enjoying. The tannins are on pointe and the juicy acidity marries up nicely making a very tidy, long lived package. If you like ’em young and dry, pop one. I would pair this with braised Lamb Shanks, grilled goat or a big Ribeye. This is a whopper of a wine and I am going 91 points. Drink till 2030. For $18 it’s a great intro to this grape and worth 5 stars. Salut….
Semi opaque, lighter shade of purple in the glass with no legs evident. The nose is very fruity and dare I say somewhat candied? Raspberries and red twizzlers come to mind. On the palate it’s a touch sour right off the bat. Rhubarb, raspberries and other red fruits get melded into a somewhat acidic opening. The mid palate is a touch thin for me, more red fruits and a hint of tannins. The finish is where the acidity grips my tooth enamel alongside the very lithe tannins. There’s a tug of war here between the structural pieces and the red primal fruits. I hope the fruit puts on a better effort because the wine is a little light on flavor and heavy on acid. It gets better with a bit of air and I hope it pairs well with leftover beef and wild rice. 87 points. For $11, its a 3 star wine to drink till 2023. Salut….
Medium intensity purple in the glass with a nose of black cherries, eucalyptus and iodine. The palate gives me a dry, tart opening of blackberry reduction coupled with balsamic and that iodine note. The mid palate is very dry with the tannins coating my gums. Black fruits and Ribena are prominent. The finish is decent length with the tannins really gripping. There’s black cherry and a hint of oak back there amongst the black tea reduction. Well crafted and built for the long haul. Drink now if you like em dry or cellar for 3 years, until 2029. 91 points. For $30, this wine gets 4 stars. Salut….
Really dark in the glass. On the nose I get Ribena, blueberry pie and hot stone. On the palate it’s ginger, blackberry, cedar and evergreen. There is a really nice tannic backbone, unobtrusive yet I sense some astringent components from them. The mid palate is all blackberry jam. The finish is really nice, smooth and very balanced between black fruits, a hint of acidity and those delightful tannins. It’s quite long to boot. This is a really nice weekday drinker that gets 90 points from me and 5 stars as it’s under $10. Drink till 2023 with pizza, burgers, sirloin or pasta. Blend of Malbec, Cabernet Petit Verdot. Salut….
I really like Petit Verdot, blended or standalone. When I saw this Argentinian bottle of it, I had to try.
As expected it is pretty dark and broody in the glass. The nose has a sweet perfume of blackberries, licorice and violet. On the palate this wine has a tartness alongside creosote, black fruit and sour cherry. The midpalate is quite dry, tannins enveloping the fruit and coating my teeth. I can feel them getting a purple stain. They don’t subside either. The finish is bone dry but I do get more blackberries and some tea. Wow, it’s a long finish too. There’s ample reason why a stand-alone PV doesn’t appeal to the masses- it can be too tannic, one dimensional and lacking in fruit whilst heavy in structure. This is a good example. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but I enjoy the mouthfeel and weight every so often. 89 points and 3 stars for this $18 bottle. Drink till 2027 with Ribeye, leg of lamb or rich stew. Salut….
Really bright purple in the glass, nice legs too! On the nose I get candied plum, oak shavings, blackberry preserves. On the palate it is quite tart, but interesting. Plums, ganache, chocolate dust and curt tannins all hit me on the initial. The mid palate is where the tannic grip takes hold. Dark stone fruits galore and an astringent tea make up the main profile. On the finish this wine gives me black olives, plums, tea and that tannic bite which lasts for over thirty seconds. Not a bad drop. 89 points from me and 5 stars for this $10 Malbec. Drink now with hearty dishes or cellar medium term for a smoother drinking wine. Salut….
Pretty purple in the glass, quite opaque. On the nose it is all blackberry. The initial palate is black cherry, an awkward greenness and tar. The mid palate offers much the same, with more vegetal notes than I care for. This wine rates well with the pros at 90+ but I don’t get it. The finish is sour, green, the tannins are astringent. Not my cup of tea at all. There might be some of you who enjoy austere wines, this one might be up your alley. I’m going 86 points. For $18, it is a pass from me but you may want to give it a try- 2 stars. Drink now. Salut….
Slightly less opaque than what I was imagining for this Malbec. Good color though. The nose has a candy note, some fresh oak and some blackberries. I’ll admit, the candy part does not appeal to my taste. On the palate it is quite refreshing, light in body but thick in flavor. Black berries, kirsch and bramble. There is a chewiness that I am enjoying. This wine is very dark fruit forward. Structure-wise it is built for immediate quaffing with very little tannic backbone, very gentle acidity and an easy mouthfeel. It is not complex but offers easy enjoyment and gets 87 points from me. For the price under $10 it’s a decent summer barbecue wine that I might take into the fall as an excellent part of coq au vin, even beef burgundy. I think it would work quite well. 4 stars. Salut….
Dark purple, barely see through. The nose is somewhat candied, purple licorice, plum cake and Christmas pudding. On the palate it shows off much more pleasant notes of black currants, iodine and fruit cake. The mid palate is quite abrupt as are the mild tannins that permeate. The finish is not as smooth as the front half and lacks any acidity. Overall this is a pleasant wine that gets 87 points. The pro’s went much higher, 91 points in one case. I just did not get the same level of satisfaction unfortunately. $18 make it a 3 point wine for me. Salut….