Wine discoveries can happen at any time. While dining at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco last September, our waitress (after seeing our bottle of Malbec) recommended a few of her favorites from Argentina. We’ve had an eye out for her suggestions, and finally came across one of them ~ Filus Reserve Malbec.
We are always looking for good “mid-week wine” ~ those bottles you can open any time, any day, with a good home-cooked meal, or simply relaxing after a long day. With a price point under $20, the 2008 Filus Reserve Malbec fits that bill perfectly.
Unlike other Malbec we have tasted, this one was not a fruit bomb. The taste was woody and somewhat sweet, like dark currants and figs. It finished firm, with building tannins. It was a very easy going wine ~ enjoyable on own, as well as with food. We enjoyed our bottle with a Spanish cheese plate and chipotle chicken.
They produced about 45,000 cases of the Filus Reserve Malbec, and you can find it at wine discount stores, like BevMo and Specs. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the wine 90 points. If you find a bottle, it’s well worth the taste!
We are keeping an eye out for her other favorites ~ Tierra, Nieto, El Arbol, and San Telmo. We can’t wait to try another one!