El Portillo Malbec 2006 – It’s been a while, but like so many things on this website, such as the Dirty Dozen Lists, the Fake Wine Review Column is making a comeback. And we start today with an old standby, the malbec; that fruity Argentinian treat. I’ve reviewed quite a few of these in my day, and this one is no different, except in every area.
Malbecs are hard to come by in the West, I’ve noticed, so when I saw this one for $9, I jumped on it. Truthfully, this is a full-bodied wine. Wait, I shouldn’t say that – the esoderek wine series is no place for political correctness. This is an outright overweight, fat, blubbery wine. That’s not a bad thing. It’s certainly a step up from the only other malbec I’ve had in NV, which was not fit to review in public.
While nothing to write home about, this red is certainly something to blog about, with a nice taste going down, and no ugly aftertaste to cloud it. While there are others out there that are just as good and even better, if you see this one, don’t be afraid to buy it. It’s great for the price.
The final score for this obese wine is a 7/10. 2006 was a good year for many things, and this wine is no exception. Drink up – 2008 seems pretty good too.