Wow. That's about the size of it.
I just spent another hour researching what Argentinian ex-pats think of the wine they get here, and what wine they bring back to Canada or the US when they go home. Categorically it's not Benjamin (http://www.nietosenetiner.com.ar/ ). A decent enough wine, it certainly doesn't offend, but really it's just a "middle of the afternoon sipping wine" - but with my 20 year old brother, not one of my wine-friends.
2009 Benjamin Nieto Senetiner Malbec
13.5%, $17 (at speciality wines stores - $15 at http://www.marquiswines.com/ ) **hamburger wine**
- moderate nose of ripe red berries and oak
- moderate- acids, moderate+ tannins (a little gravelly), moderate intense palate - with red berries, oak, leather, touch of dark chocolate
- moderate- body, moderate+ alcohol (its a bit hot), light structure
Well, not much else to say. If I bought it for $12 I would think it was decent value, but since I paid $17 I feel like I got ripped off a little. Do yourself a favor, if you want a cheap wine buy Copper Moon or Finca Los Primos, and if you want a decent bottle for under $20, choose any number of other wines.