- deep, rich garnet color
- thin, acidic blackberry notes on the nose - some terroir
- moderate acids, moderate chewy tannins, fruit forward with back palate of chalk & blackberry... spicy finish
- this wine gets better the longer you leave it open. Do yourself a favor and open it the day before you plan to drink it
2009 Finca Los Primos Malbec (San Rafael, Argentina) $10 *good value
- deep ruby/garnet color
- surprising well balanced nose of blackberry/cherry, light red currant, oak, terroir
- moderate- acids, moderate+ reasonably smooth tannins, flavors of cherry, oak, leather, tobacco, even a touch of floral
- I opened this wine 2 days ago the put the top back on. Taste and nose have soften, richened - I would and will gladly drink this wine now. 2 days ago I would have cooked with it only under duress
2008Finca Los Primos Cabernet Sauvignon (San Rafael, Argentina) $10 *good value
- deepest richest black garnet color
- nose of chalky terroir, old leathery oak, pencil shavings, dusty plums
- moderate- acids, moderate+ slightly chewy tannins, big palate full of red berries, some black fruit, the oak really showing throughout... alcohol is a touch warm, but also is 14% - don't serve with spicy food or the alcohol will seem even hotter
- totally decent wine! I have to thank John Schreiner (www.johnschreiner.blogspot.com ) who often will leave a less expensive wine open for a few days to see what develops. Smart man!
If this is a sample of what I can buy in BC (with it's huge liquor taxes) for $10, then I really do need to go to San Rafael!