Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Argentinian Red - 2011 Catena Malbec

Sadly, the wine section in my local Costco section has been shrinking, or at least the section  that has the good stuff.  More stacked of $5-ish bottles and 4 gallon sized bottles of vodka have started taking over.  Oh well - what they have left is usually some pretty good stuff, and I needed a Malbec, so let's see how this one is...

Wine: 2011 Catena Malbec
Region: South Australia
Grape Varieties: Shiraz (Syrah)
Obtained from: Purchased at Costco
Price: $17.00
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 purple in color with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Dark fruit like black plum and blackberry, along with some spice and coffee.
Taste: Very ripe fruit, with a nice bit of acidity - great wine with food.

The Grade: I give this one a B+. A very tasty wine, one I'd recommend, and one I'd buy again. There are a lot of excellent Malbecs available - even at the Reserva level for a few bucks less than this one, that's why it gets a B+ instead of an A.  

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