2008 Finca Flichman Malbec Vino Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina
The Rib and I popped and poured this Argentine Malbec that spent 6 months in oak.
The Flichman was all raisin and cranberry on the nose. Believe me, I tried to get more, but that’s what was there.
On the palate, wood and spice were predominant from the first sip. There was some fruit, too—namely raisin and plum (the plum notes didn’t seem quite ripe, though). And did I say raisin? I hope so, ’cause there was a lot of it. And wood—big, big oak that was a bit overbearing. Oh yeah, there were acids and tannins and stuff, too, but the raisin and oak really took over this wine.
We love Malbecs (especially from Mendoza), but the Finca Flichman didn’t even make it to being o.k., even at its $9 price tag. I’m sure there are people who would enjoy this one, but I wouldn’t count myself among them. There were too many disparate things happening at the same time, and while it’s great to [try to] identify various elements in the glass, it is more helpful and exciting when a great element is balanced by other elements. Not the case here. I don’t remember purchasing this one, so I can’t recall what it was about this bottle that made me bring it home. If presented with another opportunity to purchase this one, I would pass. www.flichman.com.ar
Cheers from the Corkpit,