WINE REVIEW: Coen 2020 Malbec Classic, Uco Valley, Argentina ($25)
by Andrew Chalk
We were really impressed with the 2019 Reserva a few months ago. This is the regular bottling (labelled ‘classic’) and sells for just over half the price. One’s first impression, having tasted the reserva is that the classic is more fruit-driven. Raspberries and blackberries share joint billing on the nose with a layer of earthy forest floor providing a backing track. The palate is the strongest facet to my mind, offering the aforementioned fruits, mint, a furnace of forest floor flavors that can be mused upon for minutes. Finally, medium-plus acid provides the liveliness and velvet tannins the plush frame for a well-rounded wine.