*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Bin Ends Wine in order to participate in the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live.
More Malbec! More Argentinian wines! They are like the Energizer Bunny around here, they keep coming and coming and coming. Never fear, some day soon (very soon) I will be taking a rest from Argentina and then I have some excellent Rieslings that I can’t wait to share with you and I will be off to Portugal in a mere 10 days! Today I’m telling you about the 2006 Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $20.
On the nose I found pepper, spice, herbs, cumin, pencil lead, black plum, black fruit, grilled meat, slight black cherry, an entire spice and herb rack, and bubblegum. Think a giant pink wad of BubbleYum. (Is that even made anymore?) In the mouth I got cherry, blackberries, plums, all of which seemed extremely tart, spice, and a little earth. The palate showed almost entirely tart fruit and seemed quite tight.