I recently had a chance to sample a 2010 Weinert Carrascal from Argentina. This is a blend of Malbec, Cab Sav and Merlot. It is an extremely smooth and enjoyable wine that tastes like it was aged for more than a decade but prime to drink now. I had the chance years ago to visit this very old world winery in Mendoza. I actually bought some real vintage bottles that never made it through customs and had to be returned to Argentina! This wine is in the 15.00 to 20.00 range and drinks like a much more expensive bottle. See a little more info below.
Located in the heart of Mendoza, Bodega Weinert is a stalwart champion of old school European styled winemaking in a world of increasingly mass produced, overly oaked Argentinian Malbec. Harvesting from very old vines planted Lujan de Cuyo and nearby Maipu, they vinify all of their wines in tank and age them in old French oak casks to add structure and power without the undue flavors of new oak barrels. The 2010 Carrascal aged for nearly three years in massive, old oak vessels. It displays crushed flowers, tea leaves, and leather. A blend of 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cab, this lovely red offers finesse and down-right elegance. It may redefine your definition of Argentinian Malbec – you want to taste this.