Alamos Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt observed flavors of dark cherry and blackberry fruit in this 2009 Alamos Malbec, with integrated spice and vanilla oak characteristics. The wine has a full structure and a long, lingering finish which makes it enjoyable now, or for years to come.
Wine Enthusiast - "For a big brand, Alamos knows how to deliver quality at a fair price. This vintage is exemplary for its sweet black plum and graham cracker bouquet, and lush, deep palate. The fruit is tasty, balanced , dark in nature and just a little bit spicy. For a basic-priced Malbec it more than gets the job done.
From the vineyard to the winery, the Alamos wines are made to emphasize varietal fruit character. The cool evening temperatures in Catena's high altitude vineyards allow for prolonged hang time, preserving the fruit's full spectrum of aromas and flavors.
At the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation temperatures are carefully controlled and two to four year old barrels are used to age the wines. View all Alamos Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3 }div>3.2 out of 5 stars
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7 ratings, 5 with reviewsJoe Harbison - Columbus, OH39/19/2010cfaust - Bolton, MA33/3/2012toxik - Fremont, CA311/3/2011
For a $10 wine, I must say this is very impressive. The first sip begged for more depth, but in retrospection, this is a fine Malbec for its class/category. Pretty smooth and balanced. Interesting how they make this work for a value-level wine.31/25/2011This is a stout wine that carries a full body of flavor with it. Not for the faint of heart. This was my first Malbec and I must admit I liked it. Could have had a little more depth. Very good though with red meats.Feng - Washington, DC57/23/2010Deep purple color; pleasant nose; Fruity taste, supple body, modest and balanced tannins. Really easy to drink yet not boring. A knock out value for the price, quite likely the best sub $10 bottle of red I have encountered. Rushed back trying to buy more, but it SOLD OUt! Darn. 90 for sure. (I thought my rating was for the 2008 vintage, which was sold out. So I am ordering more of the 2009 and will update my review). Had the 2009 vintage and think the review is fair.Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA311/20/2010Very easy to find and drink. Usually in the 3 for $25 bin at stores. Just OK. For a couple bucks more there are far better options310/27/2010Blackberry flavor jumps out but is overwhelmed by a spice I can't quite put my finger on. The Medium-long finish would be more enjoyable if the spice took a back seat to the bold, supple fruit flavors that I expect in an Argentinian Malbec. I gave it 3 stars because its a good wine for the price, but its no 89.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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