Although wildly popular in the States, I’m not the hugest fan of Argentinean Malbec. There have been some that I enjoyed and others that I thought were rather bleak. I realize that this is mostly just my personal taste, but it does cause me to purchase it infrequently as there are so many other bottles I would rather give a pour to. However, since I’m seemingly always on a tight budget, when I caught site of Astica Malbec 2012 with its friendly, modern looking label for $5, I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. Astica is a value label under the Trapiche umbrella, Argentina’s largest producer and exporter of wine. Trapiche was founded in 1883 and is located in Mendoza. The grapes were sourced from the Cuyo Valley and vinified in a fruit-forward style.
Dark red-violet in colour with aromas of autumn leaves and sweet berries. Tart red currant and blackberry flavours joined smooth dry tannins in the light to medium body, whilst bitter earth and tobacco elements comprised the brief finish. Although a little flat for my personal taste, this is a simple well constructed mix of sweet fruit and dry tannins, overall a competent companion at the table and a good value.
Produced and Bottled by Astica
Enjoy now thru 2014