Review: Wines of Argentina’s Alamos, 2015 Releases

Alamos Seleccion 2013 Mendoza Argentina Malbec 750mlAn affordable Argentinian icon, Catena’s Alamos brand is out with three new releases. Let’s try ’em all!

2014 Alamos Torrontes Origin Salta – Extremely aromatic and perfumed, a field of white flowers in a summer rainstorm. Big apple and white peach notes and honeysuckle dominate the palate, with a very fragrant finish quickly following (and lasting for quite a while). B / $8

2014 Alamos Malbec Mendoza – Nice, dense fruit here, chewy and rounded on the palate. Notes of cloves and licorice play well with a plum and currant core, with touches of tobacco showing on the finish. Drinks well above pedigree. A- / $9

2013 Alamos Malbec Seleccion Mendoza – The reserve bottling of the Malbec above is a more herbal and aromatic wine, initially a bit closed but over time opening up to reveal elegant fruit, a layer of fresh herbs, and some light wood notes — sandalwood? — and a bit of incense. Quite lovely. A- / $17

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