Mendoza Espuela Del Gaucho Reserve Malbec 2017

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A good value grocery store Spanish red.

Producer/Winery: Winery A-71058 (Espuela del Gaucho); Maipu Mendoza, Argentina.

Grape Variety: Malbec.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Argentina.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Venison stir fry.


    Note: This year while in California we are reviewing a substantial number of wines sold in grocery stores. This review is one of them. To see all of our grocery store wine reviews look under the keyword “Grocery Store Wines”.

    Opened one hour before drinking. Just clear, dark ruby red color with the same color rim. Heavy dark fruit aromas with a lesser amount of damp earth and clove. Smooth, mellow and juicy mouthfeel, medium to full body and a 100-grit texture. Gobs of flavorful blackberry, plum and dark cherry. Considerable edgy acidity, fine grained tannins that developed a slight grip in the medium-length ripe fruit and peppery finish. This wine had a unique incisiveness that separated it from other domestic fruity wines on the grocery store shelves. Yes it was very fruit forward and yes it was off dry; but it eludes the common sweet red wine character that most inexpensive domestic red wines posses. We called it a good value grocery store Spanish red.

Malbec grapes
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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 8 39728 00334 1

Imported by: WX Imports; Novato, California.