I recently had the chance to taste a couple of malbecs at a wine tasting a group of friends and I organized. These were the wines tasted:
Goyenechera Malbec 2001
Goyenechera Malbec (grand reserve or whatever they called their higher end wine)
Benmarco Reserve 2001
All three wines exhibited an overpowering rubber or petroleum nose, flavor and finish. It was like pulling teeth for me to drink a glass of each, and I have really liked all previous malbecs I've tried.
Is this a common characteristic of higher end Malbecs from Argentina? I certainly hope not. If so, I will stick to $10-15 malbecs.
I would appreciate any feedback you excellent people can provide.