Expert articles and wine tasting videos profiling wines from Argentina, Argentinian wine regions, the famous Mendoza wine region, the Malbec varietal & more.

2021 Domaine Bousquet Malbec Alavida, Argentina, Mendoza, Tupungato, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

I will admit that upon seeing the front label "Organic Kosher" (for Passover) from Argentina, I was a bit skeptical.  However, realizing it was made by Domaine Bousquet, my hopes were higher and sure enough, this is a very nice wine.  L'Chayim (to life)!  which is also what A La Vida means in Spanish.  Purple in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose is light but nice with plums, cherries and slight pepper.  With air it become more pronounced.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, black cherries, plums and some anise and ash on the finish.  A hint of sweetness.  Easily the best organic, koshe

NV Domaine Bousquet (Charmat) Brut Rosé, Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

An amazing value in sparkling wine!  This is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and25% Chardonnay certified organic grapes from Argentina.  The Charmat method allows for the fermentation in stainless steel tanks to capture the carbonation.  Salmon pin/orange in color, clear and bright.  Lots of smaller bubbles.  The nose is very nice with strawberries, yeast (at the proofing stage), and minerals.  On the palate, this is crisp with light tannins.  Notes of fuji apples, strawberries and minerality.  Nice acidity.

NV Domaine Bousquet (Charmat) Brut, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is another quality value from this Argentinian producer.  Made from a blend of organic grapes, it is 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.  The Charmat method is utilized meaning that the bubbles are trapped in stainless steel tanks versus in the bottle.  While that does not have the tradition or "romance" of the Methode Champenois, to does allow for high quality wines at much more reasonable pricing.  And, this bottle is proof.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The wine is frothy on opening with lots of small bubbles.  On the nose, there are lemons, lemon peel, and minerals.  Good aci

2019 Graffigna Malbec, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is an inexpensive Malbec that delivers way above its price point.  Grown at 3,000 feet in elevation, the concentration shows.  13.5% abv.  It was tight upon opening but with about thirty minutes of air, it showed very nicely.  Purple in color with ruby swirls.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight at tfirst but opens to show black cherry fruit and baking spices.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, this is concentrated with black cherry fruit, baking spice and slight smoke.  A long finish.  This will benefit from a year or two in the cellar but if drinking now, open and let breathe f

2020 Coen Malbec Classic, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

This is a very nice entry level (maybe a step up) Malbec from Argentina.  Purple with ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black raspberries, plums, char and baking spices.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, black cherries and plum with underlying char.  Medium tannins.  Good acidity.  Nice concentration and some complexity.  This should improve a bit with a year or two of cellaring, but it is drinking well now.  Drink over the next three to five years.  A nice wine with a burger off the grill or maybe ribs.  

2020 Coen Malbec Classic Rosé, Argentina, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is a Rosé made from 100% organically grown Malbec grapes.  Deep salmon pink in color, clear and bright.  The nose is steely with Watermelons and cherries.  On the palate, this is light bodied and refreshing.  Clean.  Dry.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate this is cherry essence and light raspberries.  Some watermelon and blood oranges on the finish.  This drinks easy and will work with almost any food.  drink over the next two to three years.  

2012 Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate Tannat Laborum Finca El Retiro, Argentina, Salta, Valle de Cafayate, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B

This is a Tannat wine from Argentina.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has spice, black raspberries, and some oak showing.  A lovely texture.  Black raspberry fruit.  It is sweet, more than just ripe.  Not dessert like but certainly seems like some residual sugar in the wine.  Looking back at a note I wrote on this wine in 2017, it is consistent.  This probably drinks better on its own due to the sweetness but perhaps a chocolate desert would work.  Drink over the next few years.  Those who enjoy a hint of sweetness will like this more than I.  

2020 Argento Malbec, Argentina, Mendoza, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is an excellent value in a pretty straightforward Malbec from Argentina.  Purple in color, opaque  and bright.  The nose is nice with black raspberries, slight cedar, plums and a hint of char.  Medium bodied.  Nice texture.  On the palate, this has ripe red and purple fruits; black raspberries, plums and black cherries, with just a bit of char underneath.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now and while not complex, the type of wine that most would enjoy a glass or two of.  It drinks very well on its own and will work well with a (garden) burger.  Drink over the next five to seven ye

2018 Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Franc Gaïa Gualtallary Vineyards, Argentina, Uco Valley, Tupungato, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is 100% Cabernet Franc using organic grapes.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has plums and black raspberries with some char.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this has a lovely texture.  Black raspberry fruit with slight black cherry fruit.  Plenty of depth.  Long finish.  This is really delicious.  Drinking well now, it should continue to drink well for the next ten to twelve years.  Great on its own, this would work well with a wide range of foods from pizza to pork to beef tenderloin.  Nice value.  

2018 Domaine Jean Bousquet Gran Malbec, Argentina, Uco Valley, Tupangato, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

Made from Organic grapes. This is 85% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, and 5% Merlot.  Inky purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, plums, baking spices and slight char.  Tannic.  Tart acidity.  On the palate, plums and black raspberries with some spice.  This needs a couple of years to integrate and then should drink well for eight to ten.  If opening now, give it a few hours of air.  This drinks well on its own but will go well with grilled meats.  

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