Every so often I get the urge to do another "Andean" and off I go (mostly to Argentina but occasionally Chile).
At least in my defense this time: I avoided the extra thick Llama bottles and instead got one with "Our label features an artist's rendition of the unique architecture of our winery, built with hand-stacked stones from the Andes mountains." Actually the property is owned by the Spanish black cava megastars of Codorniu fame and was initially received very positively.
However, st 5 years this entry level Malbec was fairly neutral. Good color but the taste was simple, fruity, very straightforward, with only vague hints of leather, tar or anything else resembling 'interesting".
This winery makes so many different cuvees (good, better, even a little more better, still betterer, nice, almost our best and best) that I can only imagine what ends up in this version..... Oh well, not every one can be a Perrin Family.
The only reason to drink this wine is to get the alcohol! High tannins mask some cherry flavors that don't come through without a lot of time in your mouth. Could be a wine to consume with sweet spareribs to take advantage of the tannins but I know better choices. I got this from American Cellars Wine Club and it is one of the poorest selections I ever received from them.
Other than that, if you want alcohol in your system, go for Everclear... it's cheaper and tastes better.
Drank over two days. Slightly better the second day. A simple, everyday drinking Malbec. Good value at $9.50, but not a memorable Malbec. Pleasant taste, but flavors break up over the palate. No finish.