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Never mind the bolas

I've been meaning to announce the arrival of Alessandro Speri's Argentinian Malbec, a sumptuous red wine I promised a while ago. It's here at last and I'm absolutely delighted. We stock both cuvées: the Prodigo and the Prodigo Reserva, and Bubble Brothers heartily recommend them.


In fact, we recommend them a whole bunch more than the May edition of Decanter, which arrived this morning, does. The Decanter tasting panels don't usually get it badly wrong, but either there was hessian-tongued bostoonery in the air the day they made their selections from a hundred and twenty-three Arg. Malb's, or else the wines that scored higher than Speri's are simply egregiously magnificent. Decanter gave the 2004 Prodigo Reserva three stars (recommended) and 14½ points, and the 2004 Prodigo two stars (fair) and 13¾ points. In my view, both wines was robbed.

I'll try to get my hands on a bottle of some of the wines that got a higher score, and report back. Good job we don't pay too much attention to critics. Neither should you.

In case you're wondering about bolas, I thought that's what everyone thought of when they thought of Argentina, after football and possibly the Falkland Islands depending on your vintage and provenance. Apparently not.

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