Actually thought this was quite nice. There's a lot of really bad Malbec out there; this was pleasant drinking. This wine shows very nice dark color, and a faint, spicy nose. Lots of dark fruit, but not overly fruity or jammy at all. Tannins still fairly assertive. Fairly substantial wine, with enough structure and balance to mask the hefty 14% ABV, Not hot all. Especially nice on the finish, which is moderately long. Wine has a fair degree of acidity and nice balance, but lacks complexity. Should be noted that this did not show well upon opening, and took about two hours to come into its own. Still tastes like a young wine, and may have another three or four years left in it.
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.
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