CO 2 in red wine?

Saturday night we were out at an Argentinian restaurant here in Baltimore.  Bar Vasquez.  Had a decent red wine to start, called 2015 Tikkal Malbec-Syrah blend.  Not fantastic, but pretty good match with steak.

Then, we spied a wine on the list called "Ji Ji Ji" ... 2017... A Malbec and Pinot Noir blend.  Never had a Malbec-Pinot Noir blend, and thought we'd give it a try, just to see what it was. Well, it was kind of fizzy.  Pretty awful actually.  The place is dark, so using my "flashlight" thing on the I-Phone, I looked at the label closely and it says, "Malbec, CO2 and Pinot Noir."
The CO 2 explains the fizz.  This wine has no business being made or sold or drunk.  Then I realized that the letter J in Spanish is pronounced like an H.  So, the label really says "HEE HEE HEE."

I know that sometimes Beaujolais has some fermentation going on in the bottle...It's one reason I don't care for Beaujolais.  But that is Gamay.  Didn't realize you could screw up other wines with this technique.

Good grief.

 

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