There's gold in them thar hills...purple gold, that is!! In the shadow of the Andes, they're making some pretty darn good wine. Finca Flichman usually does it at an incredible price point. Most of their wines over $10 that I've tried have been at least good, and even their $7-8 wines are OK and sometimes good. The only exception was their "Gestos" Syrah 2006 that I tried last month which was put to shame by tonight's wine. The Finca Flichman, Paisaje de Barrancas, 2002 is from Barrancas of course, about 20 miles from the city of Mendoza. It is a blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and a bloody good one at that. Dark purple in the glass, nice cherry pie nose, this is full bodied and tannic (but the tannins are seamlessly integrated). The malbec predominates with pomegranates on the palate, with hints of violet. Deep with fruit, a rich wine but not in a lush style - more old world style than I expected. Great with food (pretty much anything that used to walk). Good finish too. Wow. And only $17 a pop. Glad I bought a case!!
And the view from the vineyard is not bad either.