2008 Astica Cuyo
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Notes: 100% Syrah, 13% ABV. Light violet color. Spicy and jammy nose with a little pepper; mostly jam.
Nice red fruit, then some spiciness, then more jammy fruit on the back end. Big, big fruit; if you are looking for something subtle you won’t be happy with this at all. This is seriously jammy. Good acid, good wine for the price, very drinkable with the low alcohol; will match well with something spicy that used to moo.
Rating: 3/5; 13/20; 85/100
Price: $6.99 at Bin 604
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.