Sometimes it is nice to drink a wine without pretention or the intent of anything but “fun” and social times, if that fits your mood you might consider the 2013 Decopas Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec from Bodega Trivento in Mendoza Argentina. Neither is a blend and both remain true to their respective varietal roots so to speak and as the screw cap points to they are fresh and lively with a very fruity character.
The Sauvignon Blanc pours out a very pale white gold color and the bouquet fills your nose with simple and clean grapefruit and lime aromas. The flavor profile is equally simple dominated by ruby red grapefruit juice that finishes with cleansing acidity and a hint of citrus that is a true demarcation point as there is little persistence to this wine.
The Malbec is a pretty garnet color in the glass when viewed through a light and the difficult to ignore bouquet is big and full of berry fruit with a hint of cherry cola on the back end. The berries carry through on the palate and lay heavily across the mid palate, simple without a lot of depth, but made more interesting by the earthy element at the end which provides a little persistent flavor to a finish that otherwise has very slight tannin and acidity. Juicy and fruitful to be sure, but the simplicity led to more drinking and less savoring by this reviewer.
Both of these bottles would be a good fit with food, though do not expect them to carry the meal. In fact according to the distributor Decopas is slang for “By the glass” which makes is very fitting as this an ideal wine for an informal happy hour at the end of a long day. With that in mind consider serving snack foods, small plates of veggies, dips, cheese and cured meats rather than try to build them into a full dining experience.
I had a little trouble locating these wines in our local stores, though they are widely available outside of our area and through online retailers. The suggested price is around $12, but you can locate it without much effort for several dollars less. Bottom line, these wines are what they are, a very simple and fruity wine that is easy to drink and very accessible to beginning wine drinkers. For those who claim they do not like wine mix them with a little seltzer water and you will have a nice lower alcohol beverage to offer your guests. As such they have a lot of equally good company in the $5 to $8 price point and while it was good enough the competition for my wine dollar ramps up considerably when moving up the price ladder from there.