100% Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
SRP of $13 and available for $7.49 at Costco. Sample received courtesy EJ Gallo for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Alamos Malbec is sourced from grapes grown on the lower Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza. The Catena family has been making wine in the region for more than 100 years. Today, Catena is acknowledged around the world as being a pioneer for quality Argentinean wines.We previously reviewed the 2009 and didn't care for it much, so we were interested to try another vintage and see how it compared. Fortunately, we liked it a lot better this year.
All vineyards are hand-harvested. At the winery, the grapes are hand sorted before being assembled into each Alamos wine. This balanced and full-flavored wine is excellent with chicken, lamb, grilled vegetables and pasta dishes.
The 2010 Alamos Malbec begins with a ton of different aromas: dark ripe fruit, vanilla, licorice, cedar, pepper, even a little caramel. This one reminds me a bit of the Apothic red in that regard. Tasting the wine doesn't show a ton of depth but all the interesting flavors from the nose carryover. The finish shows a nice bit of spice on the dry finish with fruit flavors that linger for a bit. Definitely better than the 2009 and a nice wine for the price!
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Taste Rating: 7 Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 7.5
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