Thursday, June 27, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Red Blend, Argentina - 2009 Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas

After becoming a big fan of Malbecs from Finca Flichman - I was curious to try some of their other offerings - including this Syrah led red blend - Paisaje (landscape or scenery) de Barrancas (the vineyard's name).

Wine: 2009 Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas 
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Varieties: Red Blend: Syrah (80%), Malbec (10%), & Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $15.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear, dark, dark purple in color with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Dark fruits like blackberry, some toasted oak, and some baking spices - overall very nice.
Taste: Quite tannic, but not overly harsh, lots of fruit flavors and a nice amount of acidity to keep it nicely balanced. A pleasant finish that does turn to mostly mouthdrying tannins after the fruit dissipates.

The Grade: I give this one an B+.  Because the tannins are a bit harsh, in general I am a bigger fan of Finca Flichman's reserve Malbec or their Tupungato blend (which has Malbec playing the leading role) than I am of this wine. That said, this wine is delicious and reminds me that South America also produces some very nice Syrah. For $15 it is a great value if you are looking for something a big bigger and bolder than a Malbec.  It could stand in nicely for a Cab or Syrah at your next meal!

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