2005 Belasco de Baquedano "Llama" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1039733

As far as value per dollar no wines have done better in the recent past at K&L than Argentine Malbec. We've had so many that our customers have gone crazy over it is getting a tad bit ridiculous, maybe even "redonkulous" as the kids say. Well this is the next wine in that long cue of gulpable, full-flavored, wallet friendly wines we've been toting so much about. "The Llama" as we've been referring to it is 100% Malbec from 98 year old vines grown at over 3,300 feet elevation. That alone should put a bottle in your hand for the measly price of $11.99. But wait there's more (said in my best Rod Roddy impersonation) the consulting wine maker is Bertrand Bourdil, formerly the winemaker at Mouton Rothschild and one of only two people to receive three, yes three, 100 point scores from Robert Parker. Pretty darn good for well under $20 don't you think? The wine well it does not only have a great pedigree but it tastes great as well. The nose is full of very expressive aromas of violet and darkly roasted coffee; deeply centered this is impressive with great spice and poise. Bursting on the palate this shows sweet blackberry fruit with toasty oak and a continuation of the violet found in the nose on the lengthy finish. I wrote in my original notes when tasting this wine: "This is one flavorful monster sure to be a slam-dunk" I couldn't say it better myself.....(Bryan Brick, K&L)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.