Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finca Flichman

Goodness, it seems a bit out of sorts, posting an entry that doesn't have anything to do with wine festivals or hockey. Just a plain old bottle of wine at home.

I think I like it. Bit easier. In any event...

431. 2006 Finca Flichman Oak Aged Malbec (Mendoza - Argentina)

Despite the proximity of the timing, this bottle actually wasn't a holdover from Argentina being the theme region at the recent Playhouse Wine Festival. It was simply a bottle that was easy to grab from the wine rack and it fit the need.

I've added a Finca Flichman Malbec to The List previously but it was a different vintage and "brand." As previously mentioned in the blog, Finca Flichman is one of the oldest and biggest brands in Argentina and they have worked on modernizing winery facilities and improving their quality in the last decade. They have a number of labels now and the winery proudly pointed out that it's been winning international awards with some of its higher end wines.

This label - despite the "Oak Aged" moniker - is still one of the winery's entry level wines. It's made to offer up fruit and approachability at a good price ($11 in BC) and to be drunk early in its life. The fact that this was a 2006 vintage is a bit surprising, but the wine didn't suffer.

Fairly popular in Vancouver, it'll see its fair share of BBQ's this summer.

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