jamie goode's wine blog: Gestos Malbec: cheap and good

Monday, November 19, 2007

Gestos Malbec: cheap and good

I'm hesitant to describe a 6 wine as 'cheap', because for many people that's quite a bit of money, and you'll just think I'm some loaded snob. But, let's face it, 6 isn't a lot for a bottle of wine these days. Maybe I should use the less loaded term 'affordable'. Well, here's an affordable Argentinian wine that has quite a bit going for it, including a really attractive label design that attempts to communicate the concept of terroir to the drinker. On the back label it says: 'Gestos made from earth, altitude, climate and grape giving wines their own soul and character'. It's nice to see terroir being used in the marketing of new world wines.

Finca Flichman 'Gestos' Malbec 2006 Mendoza, Argentina
An equal blend of grapes from 1100 m and 700 m, this is a deep coloured wine. The nose shows raspberry and blackberry fruit with a savoury, spicy overlay and some coffee and tar oak overtones. It's quite tight and reductive. The palate shows nice fresh red fruit character with a bit of plmmy bitterness and some spicy oak influence. It's a savoury wine with some depth, and drying, grippy tannins on the finish. Yet there's some ripeness and charm here also. It's not the most refined wine you'll ever drink, but for the price, there's a lot going on here, and it is tremendously food friendly. Would be perfect with a big Argentinian rump steak. 87/100 (5.99 Majestic, Stevens Garnier)

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At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Martin Jones said...

Nice post Jamie .. and welcome back from NZ. I know u're a busy chap but this post reminds me that u've still to do the full posting about ur Malbec and Beef tasting from 13 September .... drool!

At 11:57 AM, Blogger Italian Wine Blog said...

Hey Jamie

Where could I buy this online... that would deliver to Italy?!




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