The Domaine Bousquet Gaia Malbec 2018 is made at a supremely high altitude in the Gualtallary Valley in Argentina’s Mendoza region. Jean Bousquet’s gamble that this region could produce excellent wine at over 5000 feet has seriously paid off. Today, Bousquet is one of Argentina’s largest producers, exporting 95% of their product. Jean’s daughter Anne, her husband Labid Al Ameri and winemaker Rodrigo Serrano are currently making the wines. Thankfully the new generation are continuing the tradition of growing the vines without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. In short, a true feat considering the size of their production. For a bottle under $20 it’s hard to beat a bottle of Gaia Malbec.

Tasting note: This Gaia Malbec has a wide, opaque core with a thin magenta rim and intense, youthful aromas of raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries. Additionally there’s a sprinkle of black pepper, a shake of baking spices, and a cheek of black licorice. The flavors follow suit, with youthful being the most accurate  word. The body is full-ish, as is the alcohol, with a medium level of acidity. The tannins are on the lower side. Lastly, the finish is long and the flavors of ripe, red fruits paired nicely with the enchiladas we had for dinner.

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