Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Argento Malbec 2001

I've now tasted 3 vintages of this, and found the 2001 and the 2004 to be very different animals to the very disapointing 2002. This has bags of flavour, cherries, blackberries, cinnamon and nutmeg come through over slightly earthy undertones, but the fruit flavours burst forth with great power and the subtle tannins fold into the wine - it's a big brute of a wine and so is not to everyone's taste, but it is just what you want on a cold winter night and at just £4.39 from a great many outlets is worth a try, just to see what this great variety tastes like. (Incidentally Malbec was originally a French grape variety used in blending, but the Argentinians have made it their own - and I'm almost tempted to forgive them for beating us so often in the World Cup having tasted this! (16.5/20)

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