Neu Direction Malbec 2005 wine review by (PB)
The Wine Cask was sent this wine for review by the good folks at Sam's Club. It represents an embarkation to "Fair trade" products which purchases products from people who are committed to paying their workers a "fair wage."
This Malbec is from the Mendoza area of Argentina which is truly coming of age with respect to this grape. The wine is produced by the co-op Vina de la Solidaridad with Bodega Furlotti.
The 2005 vintage was a 90 point rated vintage according to the Wine Spectator. (The current issue of the Wine Spectator highlights Argentina and its forte with this grape.)
The wine is a hefty purple hue with room filling, medium sweet aromas of dark berry jam and some pleasant aromas of a tinge of black licorice. This wine has plenty of life in it but is integrated and drinking well right now.
Palate is extracted with big dark fruit, some tarry notes and a touch of smokey or burnt wood--for the uninitiated, these are positives--and finishes with a lingering light plum ending.
The reference price on this wine is $10 and for the price, this is a decent value so raise a glass and give it a swirl!