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

NV Domaine Jean Bousquet Brut Rosé, Argentina, Tupungato Uco Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is a sparkling wine made from 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay from Argentina.  The grapes used are grown organically at an altitude of 4,000 feet.  It has a pretty salmon pink/orange color with a nice mousse of many smaller bubbles.  The nose is very nice with strawberries and cranberries and a slight ginger note.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet (12 gr/l residual sugar) but still refreshing.  it drinks quite easily with nice strawberry and cherry fruit.  The best thing about this wine is the price.  It retails for $13 a bottle which makes this perfect for anytime quaffing (and

2018 Tapiz Malbec Alta Colección, Argentina, Mendoza, Uco Valley, San Pablo Vineyard, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is an inexpensive Malbec from Argentina that shows why they can be great value plays.  Purple in color with ruby at the rim.  The nose has dusty black cherries, slight black cherries and black pepper.  On the palate, this is medium to full bodied.  Firm, thick tannins.  The black cherries come out more on the palate.  This is straightforward and easy to drink.  It could probably use a year or so for the tannins to integrate more but if opening now, either decant ot let it breathe for a couple of hours.  This drinks well on its own but would work better with a bit of fat.  Either some b

2019 Bodega Colomé Torrontés Argentina, Calchaqi Valley, Salta, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This is a great value in quaffable and enjoyable white wines.  Excellent winery that continues to make very good to great wines.  Torrontes come in (at least) three flavors, but I am not sure which strain of the varietal this is.  Like most wines from Argentina, this is grown at high elevations which tend to concentrate the flavors.  Light silvery/golden in color.  The nose is nice with notes of canned peaches in syrup.  Perhaps a bit of white flowers (honeysuckle?).  Light bodied but a slightly oily (in a good way) texture.  On the palate, it gives the perception that the wine will have so

2016 Santa Julia Reserva Mountain Blend - Malbec/Cabernet Franc, Argentine, Uco Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$13.00USD

This is another nice value play from Argentina.  It is an upfront, tasty wine that is affordable to most.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with plums, black cherries and dust.  Full bodied.  This is ripe but dry.  Lots of juicy black cherries and plums on the palate.  Light tannins.  Easy to drink.  This works great on its own and would work well with a burger off the grill.  Drink over the next few years.  

NV Domaine Bousquet Malbec Natural Origins, Argentina, Tupungato, Wine Review

Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This comes in a 3 liter box.  The beauty of the box is that the wine is deprived of oxygen enabling the consumer to drink it over a long period of time.  This box was sampled initially in June, repeatedly thru the summer, and again in October.  There was no noticeable degradation.  This is the type of wine made for the person who wants an occasional glass of wine (or a wine to be used in cooking too) that is still good.  I sampled the Cab and this one and preferred the Malbec.  It is from Argentina from a vineyard at 100 feet in altitude.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nos

NV Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Natural Origins, Argentina, Tupungato, Wine Review

Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This comes in a 3 liter box and before anyone scoffs, boxed wine is one of the best containers for drinking wine that doesn't need ageing.  It keeps an open "bottle' good for a long time.  This is a great value for the person who wants a glass of a hearty red and might drink the box over the course of a month.  The box doesn't carry a vintage designation but this is from the 2019 harvest.  Purple/ruby in color.  Mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with cassis, black cherries and slight bitter boysenberry note.  On the palate, this isn't super ripe but there aren't any green flavors

2015 Casarena Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard, Argentina, Agrelo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

Purple in color with ruby swirls.  The nose has cassis, cherries, bell pepper and slight spice.  On the palate, this is a bit candied (cherry) with some fresh cherries.  There is no bell pepper on the palate.  Medium finish.  This is an easy drinking red that is a nice value.  It should be drunk in the next three to five years.  Pairs nicely with pasta or pizza.  

2015 Allamand Malbec, Argentina, Valle de Uco, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
78
Grade: 
C+
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

I am not a huge Malbec fan in general but if I were, this is not a style of Malbec I would choose.  So, take this review with a grain of salt.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has cherries, slight plums and green bell pepper.  On the palate, there is an overt acidity to this wine that seems misplaced.  It has a nice full bodied texture.  Tart cherry fruit with a green bell pepper back bone.  Clipped finish.  I tried this at a local wine shop and some of the other patrons seemed to enjoy this more than I.  It isn't going to get any better so drink now.  

2015 Eral Bravo Malbec Urano, Argentina, Lujan de Cayo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a relatively inexpensive and widely distributed Malbec that show up on a lot of wine lists.  I prefer their Syrah but the Malbec is functional and not a bad choice when looking to not spend a lot of money.  Purple in color.  The nose is dusty with some plums and a bit of sweet alcohol.  On the palate, the plums come thru with some black cherry notes.  It is a touch warm.  Nice finish.  Works well with pastas, meat and pizza.  These drink well for about five years from vintage.  

2013 Familia Zuccardi Tito Zuccardi Altamira, Argentina, Valle de Uco, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$36.00USD

This is a blend of 80% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Ancellotta.  It is a big wine made from Estate grown fruit in Paraje Altamira.  It is a big wine that clocks in at 14% Abv although it seems a bit higher.  It is also delicious and makes a great drink when sitting around with friends.  Deep purple in color.  The nose has plums, some black raspberries, spice and slight coffee bean.  On the palate, this has medium tannins.  It is thick and voluptuous.  Plums and cassis flavors with some oak.  Slightly ripe/sweet on the finish.  A fun wine that should be consumed in the next few yea

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