Tílía. Malbec. Mendoza, Argentina. 2009
Usually Argentinian Malbecs have a very distinctive smokey-ness to them. Embellishing on flavours found in the common place Asado (Argentinian BBQ). Where steaks are cooking over open wood fires. Often, to my palette, Malbecs can take this too far and create a red that can only be enjoyed properly in accompaniment with a Ribeye or Rump steak.
In the case of Tilia, there is a clear lack of the smokey-ness. Offering up a very simple, balanced vintage with dominate plum and berry flavours. Unfortunately for this bottle, I was at the time eating steak, so the classic flavours were desired. With this absence it presented a weak wine, especially in the face of many other strong Malbecs.