January 1Altos Los Hormigas Malbec 2006
Yet another value driven Argentine Malbec from the Mendoza appellation. Deep purple colored and perfumy, floral, very slight oak, and cassis on the nose. Tasted dark fruit, plum, toasty oak, medium tannin, and black raspberry. Mouth-feel was medium acidity, ripe tannins… nice. Finished with plum peel, black pepper, and cedar. A good value at $9
December 22Navarro Correas Syrah 2004
Although we aren’t going to drink this particular wine at the Christmas Party, we will be drinking the Navarro Correas Malbec… not sure about the vintage. Sasa wanted us to try this to get an idea of the quality of the Navarro Correas wines. I think that his effort was in vein really, as this wine wasn’t all that great, but when researching the wines I found that several people rated this wine around where we did, perhaps a little higher, but the Malbec was rated considerably higher. This might explain why Sasa was excited about getting the Malbec, and was so disappointed that he hadn’t received them at the time of this tasting. I look forward to tasting the Malbec at the party though.
Color was quite good, medium-dark garnet (slight purple tint). The nose smelled of smoked oak, licorice, and had a fairly strong vegetal aspect.
Tasted of smoked oak, rose petals, bright red fruit, and was pretty spicy. Mouth-feel was nice with a pretty good tannin structure. The finish was a lingering spice, rose pedals, and asparagus.
This wine is from Mendoza, Argentina… which is the region best known for its Malbec wines. This is a pretty good effort for an affordable wine from a region that isn’t known for its Syrah. It is a pretty interesting wine in general, and was really nice paired with steak… made the steak taste “pretty”! From what I can find, looks like the wine is retailing for around $10-12 and at that price it is not a bad QPR. I didn’t love the wine, but it is interesting enough to spend that kind of money to try it, just for the experience. It might score higher with you than me, depending on your preference… especially if you like wines from the Pauillac part of Bordeaux.