2022 Domaine Bousquet Gaia Malbec Nouveau, Argentina, Mendoza, Wine Review
And now for something completely different...
And now for something completely different...
Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, cassis, chocolate and fig. Medium bodied. Medium tannins. Nice balance. On the palate, lovely plum fruit withy a bit of tobacco and slight spice. Long, tannic finish. This is drinking well but really could use another year or two in the cellar to integrate a bit. The score should go up a point or two at that time. Drink over the next seven to ten years. Nice on its own, this would work well with a burger or a pot of chili.
A lovely blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, and 15% Cabernet Franc, the grapes were grown in selected old vineyards from the Uco Valley. The 2017 offers black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry notes, with back notes of pomegranate, tea leaf and rhubarb. The expressive fruit is mitigated by mellow acidity and tannic structure. Aged in French oak for 20 months, this wine is a reminder of the value and quality that Argentina as a whole delivers. ORIGIN: Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. ALCOHOL: 14%
When Jerry Lohr started planting Cabernet in Paso Robles in the 1970s most people thought he was crazy. But it turns out that Paso Robles has been quite an exceptional AVA for Cabernet in the Golden State. The combination of Jerry’s years of working with this grape is now seen inside this bottle. It offers wonderful dark fruits - blackberry boysenberry, and huckleberry with only slight elements of red fruit like black cherry and raspberry. On the back palate there is noticeable chocolate/tobacco notes.
It’s safe to say Argentina’s signature red grape is Malbec. In the right hands Malbec can be a commanding wines, such as Trapiche’s offering of the 2018. This is a velvety smooth wine showcasing black cherry, huckleberry, boysenberry, red currant, and tannins that are mild, but noticeable. The judicious use of oak enhances the fruit, there are back notes of cedar, cocoa powder, and plum. This offers wonderful drinkability with slightly nuanced fruit, veering away from heavier, tannic and fruit forward wines.
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
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
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.
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.
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