Los Andicos Selección Especial Malbec 2016
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW,Sommelier
The Los Andicos is a very dark, inky purple wine with a heavy stain on the glass. Moderate aromas of black cherry, blackberry, a subtle touch of anise and spring daffodil. Although the aromas are not too powerful, they are still nice and soothing.
On the palate, the Los Andicos has a medium minus body with very mineral-forward taste characteristics. On the front of the palate the wine delivers dried raisin and prune. The fruit is dried and a bit sour. The minerality that shows up on the mid-palate is overpowering and dulls the fruit. The finish is short and tastes like a copper penny.
The wine may just need some time. I drank this wine in 2017 and it may just need another year of cellaring to come alive. For $6.99 I won’t be afraid to try it again.
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 83 points
The Break Down
Wine Selection – Los Andicos Selección Especial
Producer – Los Andicos
Varietal – Malbec
Region – Mendoza Argentina
Alcohol – 14%
Oak – Unknown
Food Pairing – Roast lamb, wet ribs, pasta with intense sauces
What is Malbec?
Malbec is a purple colored grape varietal that is most commonly associated with Argentina, but its roots are actually in France. One story claims that the grape was brought to France by a Hungarian peasant but others suggest it was born in Burgundy. It is one of the five allowed grapes to be used in Bordeaux blends and most prevalent in the Cahors region of France where it is called Auxerrois (Pronounced oh-zur-waa). The grape has thin skin and after it was nearly driven to extinction by frost and disease in France, it was brought to Argentina where it came back like the gators in Florida (the animal, not the team). It is now the staple grape of Argentina.