Wednesday, February 18, 2009

2003 Fuerza Malbec Mendoza Argentina

4$ at TJs. First, who can hold and cellar a wine for 5ish years and still sell it for 4$? Seems a bit nuts to me. There's something a bit lacking about this wine. This wine doesn't appear to have any new oak. I get a lot of dense, raisiny fruit (prunes), maybe a bit of blackberry, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. One dimensional, and high in alcohol (15%). On the other hand, this was 4$, and not 15 or 20. D+/C-

Update: I never envisioned that this would happen, but it seems that someone else has actually read this blog, which is cool. Thanks Jason/Danny!

6 comments:

red said...

huh - i actually liked it. very spicy and peppery.

Jeff's Wine Blog said...

Red--To each his own. Someone at TJ's thought it was a good deal. Everyone has their own tastes. 99.9% of the time I think California sucks, but I know that's not what everyone else thinks!

Andrew said...

This wine was great. I couldn't believe it was $4. I went back and bought 1/2 a case - all that was left.

Not being silly, but I've got a few bottles of Kenneth Crawford 4 Play and Santa Rita big reds, vintages from 2003, and the TJ Malbec was as good or better than all except the 2004 Grenache. I wish I had acted faster and bought multiple cases.

I read the Jason & Jeff reviews and wonder if somebody hadn't slipped you a 2 buck chuckup.

Jeff's Wine Blog said...

To each his own Andrew. I honestly thought the wine sucked, and I had a second bottle of it to confirm my suspicions. It was hot, alcoholic and pruny. No balance to speak of. Kenneth Crawford, that's a Parker find, which is always semi-dubious...although there are certainly Parker wines that I like (Archaval Ferrer Quimera, for instance). If I wanted lots of alcohol and oak, I would have been an alcoholic termite!

Jrzedevl said...
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Jrzedevl said...

A friend brought over a bottle of the '03 Fuerza malbec this evening and I loved every drop of it--right out of the bottle it was so-so, but after pouring it through a Vinturi I thought it rivaled some of the moderately priced zinfandels from Rosenblum, among others. It was like eating chocolate cake, and that's okay with me!