La Frenz Malbec, 2016


We are blowing through a mixed case of La Frenz with mixed results, mixed feelings, some white has even hit the stock pot, but this one hit a chord.  E Major!  From the first sip you feel transported to a sun drenched patio on the Chilean coast, it has the dark, acid, chocolate you associate with the varietal and a much cooler climate than you’d expect in Naramata, but it strikes a balance we found appealing from first to last sip.  Sort of momentous in how basic it is on the one hand and how satisfying on the other.  This Malbec needs some time in the cellar where it would blossom in a year or two; if you can hang on to it that long…

 

Price: A stunningly reasonable $24.25 from the vineyard but substantially more in YVR at private shops.

 

Market Liquidity: Value.  Value, value, value.  And satisfaction.

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One response to “La Frenz Malbec, 2016”

  1. […] On the Malbec, which scored a silver at the Canadian Wine Championships in 2021, I will say it’s gloriously good.  If this doesn’t encapsulate Malbec, nothing does.  It’s berry forward, very berry forward, with that dark, smokiness characteristic of the varietal.  A big whopping joy of red.  If you bought it at $26 from LF you scored big time.  If you bought it at a wine store for $36 you thought “Why?”  Comparative South American Malbecs litter the BC Liquor shelves at $10 and $15 cheaper; and are equally if not more satisfying. (The last time we loved their Malbec this much was the 2016, which we blogged about here.) […]

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