Good Morning Gentle Readers,
As inexpensive wines go this Argentine Malbec isn't bad. It's a little medicinal up front with plenty of fumes on the nose. Don't spark up a fat boy or a cigarette anywhere near this stuff or you'll have flambé in a glass. The tilt toward alcohol fumes tends to be one of the drawbacks with some less expensive Malbecs. Letting the wine breath overnight didn't make any discernible difference.
This wine is fairly bold with black and red fruit, currants, raspberry, blackberry and maybe cherries. Show of hands? How many of you have filled an apothecary jar with cherries and vodka and then let it sit for a few weeks. Remember how the cherries tasted? Okay. That's the kind of cherries the Kawel boasts.
My main gripe is calling it Reserva, a term typically reserved (heh) for the best of a vintage. The implication of a reserve wine is that it is aged longer or in some other way is a special wine. It is regrettable to use Reserva as a marketing ploy aimed at selling wine to newbies. Besides, if this is La Celia's reserve, the regular Kawel Malbec gots to be kissing cousins with Two Buck Chuck.
Hot Tip: Typically, the more reputable the winery is, the more likely the term reserve is an authentic descriptor. Ain't that just like the market? Competition for Reputation.
TWC is a Malbec fan and although this one isn't a rave, at six to eight dollars US, it's worth a try. Ideal for a midweek break from the treadmill. Serve it with hearty Italian red dishes, stews, or game.