Friday, August 18, 2006

LaPuerta Malbec 2005 wine review by (PB)

This Argentinean red is made from the Malbec grape that is coming into it’s own. It has a powerful bouquet of yeast and loads of dark berry fruit but on opening there is course layer of alcohol that is really distracting.

The palate is full with super ripe fruit—too ripe? And a touch of licorice and rather “hot.”

With air, the berry rich bouquet remains with another tart berry aroma and flavor with an interesting layer of caraway. This wine was just O.K. The bouquet is the best part of this wine and I would just have to describe this bottle as a bit “odd.” Rule of thumb—if you have to spend a bit of time trying to decide whether you like the wine or not, you DON’T.

I paid $8 for this bottle and there are numerous other Malbecs out there at this price point that you won’t have to wonder whether you want another glass or not. This one I’d pass up. But by ALL means, Raise a glass!

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