Benegas Lynch Estate Don Tiburico 2017
Got this on a whim, it's an Argentine Red blend that leads with Malbec, the big grape of France's Cahors plus typical straight up Left Bank Bordeaux grapes. It opens frankly a bit juicy and young, needing some air but there's already brushy herbals, and touches of earth and wool. Berry fruit is blueberry, mulberry, blackberry. Touches of eucalyptus and mint. Dark florals and, strangely some lavender. Cassis jam and hints of chocolate, along with the florals create a beguiling impression.
Flavor upens up fairly quickly. The nose is a bit closed in at first but showing promise. I love the palate of minerality, tart / tangy acidity and enjoyably scrapy tannins. The nose does smooth out with that nice sweet-dry berry.
With the blueberry charm this is for me kind of like St-Emillion. Definitely not a French wine, yet behaves with some old-world character. Not quite as bold as the Gassier Rhone wine it followed, yet a very entertaining and layered wine for four bucks less - another total win.