Alamos Malbec 2014

$10.99
Mendoza, Argentina
PLCB Code# 3027

 
Concentrated flavors of roasted plum and dark cherry are matched to hints of juniper berry. Features smoky notes midpalate, with a finish that lingers with baker’s chocolate. Drink now through 2018.–KM
88 Points Wine Spectator 10/15
 
They increased the volume of wine fermented in cement for the 2014 Alamos Malbec. The vintage was somehow warmer than 2013 and you feel riper fruit here; there’s more weight of fruit in the palate, not as agile as the 2013 (which today is the benchmark). Overall, it is a very pleasant, ripe Malbec. They produce close to 10 million bottles of this wine, so you shouldn’t have problems finding a bottle as they sell it in 56 countries in the world.
 
As I explained last time, the Alamos Winery in Vista Flores belongs to Catena who sells the wines in 57 countries, and in a way represents Argentina around the world. For that reason, they feel they should put forward a higher quality wine than what corresponds to the price, because it is the first Argentine wine a lot of people experience, and they want to elicit a positive reaction. Since 2013, around 80% of the fruit is sourced from the Valle de Uco, which produces fresh wines, and in 2014 they have increased the percentage of wine fermented in cement vats, reaching around 60%. Very reliable value wines, better than ever.
88 Points Wine Advocate 8/15

This has nice ripe tart black cherry and black raspberry fruit, but with a little grape-juice flavor.  There is nice tannin and acid on the finish making it well balanced, if simple.  This is a good every day wine. 
87 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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