At lunch with friends on Wednesday, our host opened a bottle of Carlos Pulenta Vistalba Corte B 2005 given to him as a present. Other than “Producto de Argentina”, we knew nothing about it but agreed that it was impressive. “Fleshy” is not a word I often use a wine descriptor but it was most apt in the case of this wine. Concentrated, optimally ripe red and black fruit, smooth but not slippery tannins.
A red from Argentina and it would be sensible to assume at least some Malbec. So it proved on further research, th blend being 60% Malbec, 30% Bonarda and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new French oak for 12 months. Vistalba is a sub-region of Mendoza, the Carlos Pulenta winery was built in 2002 and is family run. The Corte B retails for around $25 a bottle and Wine Spectator apparently scored the 2005 92 on the 100-point scale. My score was 17/20, excellent but lacking the extra profundity which would warrant a higher score.