Alamos Red Blend Argentina 2010, $10-$13: This is the inaugural vintage for the dry Red Blend of Malbec, Tempranillo and Bonarda from one of Argentina’s hottest brands. The mountains on the label hint at the cool nights and hot sunlight in the Andes that bring out great acidity and intense flavors.
Nick Nearhood, wine consultant at Woods Fine Wine in Grosse Pointe Woods, comments it’s a “no-brainer” the store would add the Red Blend to their Alamos offerings. It’s a richly flavored red, showing off the depth of the Malbec, earthiness of the Tempranillo and cherries and plums of the Bonarda. “Red blends are on fire,” Nearhood said.
This wine is dribbling into the Michigan marketplace. Right now, besides Woods Fine Wine, I could locate it at Target, Value Center Marketplace in Livonia and Merchant’s Fine Wine in Dearborn. Alamos is such a strong seller that the Red Blend most likely will be easier to find in weeks to come. The brand is imported by Gallo.