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The Flechas de Los Andes' 2007 Gran Malbec

A wonderfully expressive wine from Argentina

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Smoking Hot and Full Bodied : The Flechas De Los Andes 2007 Malbec

  • May 17, 2010

Hey San Diego wine fans here is another screaming deal, but this time I present you with a "take no prisoners" wine of huge proportions and it will cost you so very little. This wine is big, up in your face good. Once you pour it from the bottle the aromas immediately grab your attention, looking at the color and the taste bud tickling tasting, you immediately realize what a great deal you got in purchasing this wine. If you only had bought one at the time, like I did and after consuming its absolute wonderfulness, you will like me run not walk to quietly pick up a case or more of this fantastic wine. This wine made me think of a song entitled the "Fire Within" from the Costa Del Sol Spanish Guitar Collection [which by the way is great music to play while writing].

If you are a big fan of Malbec like I am than you are most likely aware there is what Wine Spectator is calling "Malbec Madness"  going on in the wine market place and folks are "Going-Gaga" over the fantastic flavor profile of this wine and at the price points they are selling for, is it any wonder that Malbecs from Argentina are the QPR champs and folks are lining-up [not literally, but you get the picture] around the block to get their hands on a great bottle. In fact in a recent article from WS, entitled Malbec Madenss, Mr. James Molesworth had this to say after reviewing over 600 Argentinean wines since last December 2008, and more than 50% of them Malbec or Malbec based blends, Wines Spectator’s lead taster on wines of Argentina, proclaims that "all the foundations are in place’ for Argentina’s success in the US wine market" this from their November issue of last year and to which I say in a cavalier tone, "ya-think" ?

The Partnership: The owners of this Argentinean estate [Bodega Flechas de Los Andes] are Laurent Dassault, owner of [Grand Cru] Chateau Dassault in St. Emilion, and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, with folks like this involved in this project, I was not really surprised at the caliber of this wine, but what did catch me off guard was the tiny price.

The Winery: Bodega Flechas de Los Andes is located at the foot of the Andes cordillera, to the south of Mendoza with a Duillet designed winery offering you a wine that is the a pure, top of the range Argentinean Malbec.

Treatment: The wine spent 14 months in 33% new French oak, 33% second fill French oak, and 34% in stainless steel.

The Terroir: The grapes for this wine are sourced from wonderful alluvial soils, which are prized in the world of viticulture, because it often produces grapes with a higher concentration of flavors.

First Swirl: After uncorking the bottle and only using the Centellino Areadivino to decant the wine, I found tilting the glass to the side it had a gorgeous opaque garnet colored core and fleeing to cerise rim. Some folks are going over-board [warning: Will Robinson, please decant] on the decant recommendation on this wine, yes this is a big wine for a little price and I do agree further decanting would be helpful, but honestly right out of the gate it's a palate pleaser, make no mistake.

First Sniff: Giving it a good swirl, my senses are immediately enveloped in this robust Malbec, as it unleashes notes of blackberries, red currants, and blueberry which gets the taste buds watering.

First Taste:  An excellent velvety body and a balanced structure finishing with sweet tannins. It will age elegantly but who can resist drinking this now, I dare say I couldn't as I'm relishing each and every sip.

Pairing Suggestions: These tips are brought to you by, Malbec Only who thinks you should "be sure you pair it with asado de tira (short ribs with the bone), flank steak, New York steak, or a rich piece of lamb." Which I wouldn't disagree with, but I had it with some yummy pre-made hamburger patty from Trader Joe's, onions, peppers and Swiss cheese, home made crispy fries and this wine went freak'g fantastically with my chosen pairing.

The Big Brother: What a lot of other wine reviewers don't tell you is that this wine has a "big-brother" the Gran Corte 2006 Flechas de los Andes from Baron Edmund de Rothschild estate in Mendoza. This is what they are calling their flagship wine; a blend that includes 57% Malbec, 35% Syrah, and 8% Merlot. This wine has already received wonderful adulation from the print critics, with average scores topping 94 points and the best part folks, another tiny price, selling for $35 to which I say wow! So much wine, for such a little price or as some critics like to point out another hedonistic wine for the Californian palate. I say so be it, bring it on!

Where to Purchase: You can pick up this beauty at your local San Diego Costco, where they are selling it for a mere $14.99 each. I seen other places online selling it for similar prices and also as high as $24.99.

Cuvée Corner Wine Blog Score: Hey point seekers here's my score if your interested: This wine scored 95 points on the Cuvee Corner 100 point scale, because the price point on this wine and the caliber of it's quality makes the QPR off the charts.

Other Voices: Okay so maybe your thinking, "I need another opinion" well here ya go this wine received 92 Parker Points and he had this to say this very good juice:  "The Flechas de Los Andes’ 2007 Gran Malbec  was opaque, deeply purple-colored, it reveals a brooding bouquet of cedar, espresso, violets, and black cherry. Medium- to full-bodied, on the palate it borders on opulence, with layers of succulent fruit, a smooth texture, spicy flavors, and a lengthy finish. It admirably combines power and elegance and perhaps over delivers in a very big way."

My Recommendation: Ummm, what the heck are you waiting for? Get your happy little self down to Costco or where ever you can find it and stock up. Like I said, this is a run don't walk recommendation, so you better hot foot it down to your local wine store and grab a case before they are all gone. The summer grilling season is upon us and you don't won't miss out on this fantastic deal.

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May 30, 2010
ahhh, sorry no one is enjoying these wine reviews any longer.....
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Argentina: has been making wine since the 1500s, tracing its wine heritage back to Spain, France and, perhaps surprisingly, Italy. Italian immigration is second only to Spanish in Argentine culture, and the flavors of Italy show up strongly in the nation’s wine, food and cultural tradition. Historically, Argentina has kept much of its wine consumption at home, drinking most of the wine it makes. But we are now seeing more very serious Argentine wines north of the border, and Malbec is leading the movement.

The province of Mendoza: is the most traditional area in the viticultural industry, and is diverse enough to be divided into zones, according to their significantly different weather, height and soil characteristics.Due to the low rain regime, irrigation is necessary. Water comes from the Andean range thaw, descending in the shape of rivers to become channels or ditches. Undoubtedly, the combination of these factors turns Argentina into a veritable oasis for the highest quality wine-making. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go. Wine-making in Argentina, at the level that it achieves today, has a young history that goes back to a little more than 10 years ago. Technological progress, investment and some farsighted businessmen enabled a determining transformation.

The Jist: It is a region that is remarkably well-suited to vine culture, protected from the Pacific’s cooling influence by the Andes and enjoying a long summer of cool nights and warm days, ...
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