Tuesday, February 28, 2006
2003 Bodegas Nieto Senetiner Malbec Reserva (Mendoza, Argentina)
87+. Nobody makes Malbec -- a minor league Bordeaux varietal -- sing like the Argentines can. Deep nose of earthy blackberries and cassis, with smoky oak and eucalyptus in the background. Rich, structured, full-bodied blackberry and earth flavors. Moderate, but fairly civilized (for Malbec) tannins and good balance. This wine is drinking well now but will easily keep and possibly improve for a few years. Reminds me of a good St. Estephe from Bordeaux. $10.99 at most Spec's, and is also available at Whole Foods on Bellaire for a tad more.