2006. Mendoza, Argentina $4.25 for 750 ml
I’ve had the Marcus James Cabernet Sauvignon before and thought it was a good deal. A gal would be hard pressed to find a better tasting wine for the price. Plus, it’s fun to drink something from Argentina.
“Inexpensive is great,” you may say, “but what about the taste?”
Yes, well, this is where I get a bit confused. I truly remember this wine being pretty tasty on another occasion. And this time, I still thought it had a nice flavor with a good balance of tannins and acidity. But I also found it had a disagreeable sweet/sour twang to it that I suspect is acetic acid. This flavor really distracted me from the other more pleasing layers to a point where I did not enjoy it on its own.
Now, I hate dismissing inexpensive wine so easily. It seems downright undemocratic. So, I tried it again the next day, thinking maybe the flavors would be different now that the bottle had been opened and recorked. While a sip confirmed that the acetic acid flavor was still there, to my surprise, I found that the unpleasant flavor more or less disappeared when I sipped it along with my dinner. In its place was a full, blackcurrant flavor with a pleasant bite of acidity-but not of the acetic acid variety. See? The sacrifices I make to give a thorough and fair review sometimes pay off!
Bottom line? While it wouldn’t be listed as one of my favorites, for the price, it’s definitely worth a try. And if you do decide to try it, make sure you’ve got some rich food to go along with it.