Review: 2005 Graffigna Malbec Grand Reserve

We’ve expressed our fondness for Graffigna’s pinot grigio previously. Now we turn our attention to one of the company’s reds: An Argentinian classic, malbec.

With this 2005 Special Reserve Malbec, Graffigna has created a quite enchanting wine. Intensely floral — Graffigna says it’s “violets” but I can’t place what kind of flower we’re dealing with here — it’s much lighter in style than most malbecs I’ve encountered, soft and sophisticated and full of interesting characteristics.

The nose is heavy with the aforementioned flowers, and the body soon gives way to red bell peppers, laced into cherry and strawberry core. Very enchanting, if a little on the fruity side, this is a wine perfect for drinking on its own. Not bad with food, either, and an incredible bargain at 20 bucks (or even less).

A- / $20 / graffignawines.com

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