Argentinean wines are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. wine market and for good reason…they are really tasty wines and the value is unmatched. A real show stopper for the $10 market is the 2012 Graffigna Centenario Elevation Red Blend Reserve. A wonderful red blend that is so well balanced for having a five wine combo of exact, even percentages: 20% Bonarda, 20% Cabernet Saugivnon, 20% Malbec, 20% Syrah, 20% Tannat. This wine is a beautiful dark purple with light edges, letting a garnet hue of light shine in the wine when swirling. The nose is full of dark berries, a little bit of toast with hints of earth. The flavor is full of jammy dark berries and bright red fruit acidity. The level of acidity was surprising to me, given the type of red blend it is, but it’s a welcome need in pairing this red with food. Mid palate you get the toast and the tannins are nicely integrated with a lingering finish of cranberries and herbal notes. The wine is very drinkable now and simply needs an hour or two of decanting.
Given the big QPR on this wine, I’m definitely feeling it’s case worthy for an everyday quaff when you want a good, drinkable red that also has serious food pairing potential. A FOUR BOTTLE Rating on this one and a reminder that some of the best values in wine are coming to us from Argentina and it’s always good to get out of your everyday wine rut and try something new!
** Sample courtesy of In The Glass PR **