Review: Argentina Malbecs – Kaiken and Bodega Tamari, 2010 Releases
Two Argentine Malbecs go head to head today, showing just how variable this grape and this region can be.
2008 Bodega Tamari Mendoza Malbec Reserva is a burly, smoky beast, a brute that’s a real powerhouse of a wine. Despite a ripe cherry core, the wine tastes a little oxidized, strange considering its youth. Overall it’s a big wine, though a little clumsy. Cheap, though. B+ / $11 / tamari.com.ar
2007 Kaiken Mendoza Malbec is a richer, more nuanced experience. Made in a New World style, this could just as well be from California, with a fruit-forward body laced with cinnamon and an almost sweet, Zin-like finish. It’s a simple wine, but it’s still a great value for such a pleasant little wine. A- / $11 / kaikenwines.com