Wine from the slightly depressing drug store at the subway stop? I’ve bought tubes of toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. there as a convenience. Saw the wines located near the sodas but never stopped to look – for years – until a couple of weeks ago. Didn’t actually think I’d find anything I hadn’t seen at the wine shops and grocery stores in my neighborhood. Largely that was true … until I spied this bottle of Argentinian red.
Winemaker: Bodega Elena de Mendoza
Varietal: Red Blend
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Notes: The bouquet of this pretty dark ruby blend was fairly pungent with what I call barnyard and tangy berries. Made with 64% Malbec, 20% Syrah and 16% Bonarda, it was medium-bodied with good acidity and light tannins. Flavors I found included sweet currant and black raspberry, leather, a dash of pepper, an oak note and menthol. Alcohol was at 13%. I thought it was a fun wine – perhaps for a relaxing evening of chewing the fat with friends.