Rio Seco Malbec 2009
This was another inexpensive wine from Whole Foods, coming in at 5 or 6 bucks (I bought this a few weeks ago and don’t remember the exact price). There was also a Chardonnay by the same label that we drank a couple weeks ago, which I was not terribly impressed by. As such, I can’t say I was expecting much from this bottle, and half though I’d pour it down the drain.
Once I actually tasted it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. There’s not a lot of complexity, but it’s a good, well balanced, very drinkable table wine. All the basic qualities of a good wine are present in good proportions, there just isn’t the depth of flavor you’d get in a high-end bottle. It’s dry without being astringent, fruity without being sweet, and has a nice medium body with notes of black cherry and pepper. It would work well with a wide variety of red meat dishes or a richer poultry or pork dish. With the price of malbecs having shot up in the last few years, this one is still a solid value. 83 points.