Quick Pour: La Finca Mendoza Malbec 2011

Producer: La Finca Malbec 2011
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Price: $4
Vintage: 2011
Varietals: Malbec
Winemaker Notes:

  • The vineyards of Finca La Celia lie in the foothills of the Argentine Andes.
  • Stunning purple color. Its bouquet is intense, rich in blackcurrant, vanilla and spices. On the palate the soft and succulent ripe fruits follow through with a surprising delicacy. The tannins are silky, coming subtly from the forefront and giving a lingering finish. This wine has been aged in oak barrels for 3 months.
  • This is a wine to enjoy with meat dishes and pasta with meat and tomato sauces.


Virginia Pour House Notes:

Oh where to begin! Well for $4, what can you really expect?  Though Trader Joe’s does have the tendency of producing some excellent, inexpensive wine for their customers, this one falls flat. Lack of body and structure and over the top tannins make it impossible to pair with pasta and any sort of tomato sauce. Of course, if you happen to love heartburn that lasts for 3 days, this wine is right in your wheelhouse.   Aromas of black currant and toasted oak give false hope to the very faint hints of black fruit that are masked by those sharp tannins and hammer the finish home with dry, bitter qualities. If you are new to the Malbec varietal, skip this. If you are looking for a cheap drinkable Malbec that is preferably paired with something hearty and not acidic, and is worth MAYBE a couple dollars more than the $4 price tag, well give it a shot. I sure as heck won’t stop you.

 

VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING

74 Points

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