Has anyone ever tried wines from Altocedro from Mendoza, Argentina? I’m particularly talking about their Malbec. They make two versions, a standard Malbec which retails for $12 and a reserve that retails for around $25 max. I’ve had the 2005 reserve on several occasions which sold for $17, but since they received rave reviews from Wine Spectator, as is the norm, the price went up with the 2006 vintage. Still not a bad price to say the least, but a tougher sell when there are so many other Argentinian wines that are great at a better price. Tonight we opened the 2006 (standard) Altocedro and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of black fruit, mocha-like flavors and mild tannins on the finish. A youthful wine that screams for a juicy steak or pork ribs. Fun, zingy and fruity – I like it!