Tasty New Argentine Offerings
First up was the 25/5, Desierto, Cab. Franc, La Pampa, 2009. 14.9%. Smells like no other CF I've had, with a nose of cranberry sauce and apples. It's racy, acidic, medium bodied, with a sharp finish, but perhaps a bit simple. The fruit is light fleshed plums. No CF herbal/green pepper notes here.
This wine sang with the wood-grilled pork chops. Good wine, good value at $17.
Next up is the Colome, Estate Malbec, 2010 from Salta. Now this is a high altitude vineyard, up to 9500 feet! This winery is championed by the WS columnist Matt Kramer. Intense malbec nose with watermelon. Intense fruit on the palate as well - fresh black figs. Dark, dense and full bodied but not chewy at all. Hides it's tannins well. The oak (15 months 1st and 2nd use barrels) is so well integrated you wouldn't guess it was there. Very easy drinking, sails right along. Better with food though - mutes the bright notes and makes it more enjoyable. 14.5%, $25. Good wine.
So none of the wines hit the "wow" factor, although all were enjoyable.