I was at La Diosa Cellars, a local wine bar, several months ago and my friend ordered a bottle of the Becker Vineyards Malbec Reserve. Being the wine novice that I was, I had never had a Malbec. My friend offered me a taste, which I accepted (who was I to refuse?) I was floored. The taste of this wine wasn't like anything that I had tried before. In fact, my first Malbec experience played a large role in my becoming more interested in wine. If a red wine could be this much different than what I was used to, who knows what other kinds of flavors I was missing?
Malbec grapes are one of the 5 red varieties that appear in French Bordeaux wine, but the Mabec varietal has largely become associated with Argentina. Since my Malbec deflowering, I have had several different labels. One common element that stood out from the first time I had one was the leathery or meaty component. One of the wines that I tried tasted a bit like it had run the Kentucky Derby the day before, but I mean that in a good way.
Now that we have that little history lesson out of the way, we can move on and talk about the Alamos 2008 Malbec. A bottle of this wine from Argentina cost me a mere $9.99 at a local adult beverage supplier. This wine had a very dark, inky purple color to it. The nose gave me some really great dark fruit aromas, especially black berry, as well as a good hint of a floral smell. The taste of this wine definitely had some of the earthy characteristics that I've found in other Malbecs that I've tasted, including a touch of leather. The dark fruit continued into the flavor of the wine, and I got a little bit of a chocolate taste. One of the things that I really loved about this wine was the finish. It was a very long lasting finish that just seemed to go on forever, and was very pleasant. The finish was a great mixture of the fruit flavors that I got before, and a meaty flavor, which my wife identified as bacon. When my wife said that she tasted bacon, I thought about it and said, "Holy crap, you're right. That's freaking bacon!" I'm still new enough to seriously thinking about my wine that these kind of moments are probably far more exciting than they should be.
We drank this wine with desert, which was probably an interesting choice. I kinda liked the way the earthy wine tasted with something sweet, but I think this would probably be a great wine for some meaty dinner, or maybe some pasta.
All in all, I think this was a really great $9-10 wine, especially if you are already a fan of Malbecs.  I would probably rate this one about 88-89. Definitely worth the relatively small price tag.