November 5th, 2010
enobytes.org | Marc Hinton.
The 2008 Bodega Vistalba Arido Malbec is another solid value from Argentina. The steady flow of great offerings from Mendoza producers is amazing. This one has character, individuality and personality. Another thing it has going on is consistency. We have tasted this ‘08 on three different occasions from two different retailers and each time I drink it I am thrilled we have access to wines of this quality. Fruity and dark in the aromas and full throttle full-bodied on the palate, the flavors started with ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry giving up a jammy characteristic. The tannins were not as tight as many Malbec’s but the earthy, woodiness presented a fairly rustic, yet versatile wine that will be a welcome guest at my dinner table almost any night of the week.