2015 Bodega Piedra Negra Malbec Reserve
I’m always on the look out for a good inexpensive Malbec to add to my go-to wine list, and I was hoping this bottle for $12.99 would be that wine. But it came up a little short. This wine is still very young and just too simple for me, even at the fairly reasonable price tag. We previously tasted, and really enjoyed, inexpensive Costco Malbec like the Chento which might still be in stores, the Tikal (Malbec blend) which I have seen in stores recently, and of course the Kirkland Signature Mendoza Malbec I’m hoping we see return soon. I’d steer readers towards any one of those.
This wine poured nice and felt good in the mouth, full of body with medium acidity. I was getting ready to chalk up a winner, but it just didn’t deliver the fruit flavor and finishes really simple, easy and rather uninteresting. I went for the decanter hoping I could jump start it a bit, but even with a little air, this wine just didn’t develop to the levels I had hoped. If you’re sitting on these at home right now, they can make a good second or third bottle, when you’re palate isn’t quite at the top of its game.
I recognize this is an inexpensive wine, but for Mendoza Malbec, I think you can find stronger candidates for the same general price segment.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 85 points
Costco item number: 776876
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Perimeter)