The first two rounds of Domaine Bousquet’s Alavida were met with praise for presenting a high-quality Malbec at a smart price point while also displaying an impressive list of credentials in the “clean living” column. It’s a USDA-certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher wine enduring an incredibly disciplined and rigorous process that requires an immense amount of attention to detail and labor. Let’s find out how this year stacks up to previous vintages.
Robust and bold right from the bottle to the glass, it does not waste a second in presenting bright notes of black cherry and nutmeg on top of a big core of blackberry. The fruit notes linger on the palate before pivoting to subtle undertones of chocolate, violet, and baking spices which craft an engaging and lengthy finish. Unlike the 2021 vintage, this leans heavier on the fruit throughout, aligning this closer to other offerings found throughout Domain Bousquet’s expansive portfolio.
Alavida Malbec consistently strikes a harmonious balance between ethical integrity and affordability without sacrificing quality. This year’s vintage is no exception. A solid purchase for the upcoming holiday season’s gatherings.
A- / $19 / domainebousquet.com