This Black Sheep Malbec is absolutely horrible. There are so many inexpensive, delectable Malbecs on the market. Why bother making a bad one? This wine tastes like blackberry cough syrup sprinkled with basement dust.
I did a little investigating on Google to see if other wine drinkers had a similar experience with the Barking Sheep. Grocery Outlet isn’t exactly known for their wine handling practices. The bottle could have been corked.
Southbaygirl from The Wine Times says:
“I enjoyed this wine. It was best the day I opened the bottle-didn’t really hold very well the next day. But I drank it anyway….how can one waste a Barking Sheep!!!”
Robert Miller from Wine-o-Rama also warned of the Barking Sheep, but because you may “get hooked.”
“Smells like malbec: lots of baking spice, especially brown sugar with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Tastes like malbec: subtle licorice, with nice plum and cherry. Barks like malbec? Well, its smooth and luxurious mouthfeel is a bit different than your basic Argentinian malbec.”
Finally, I found someone who agreed with me on Feasting Fool’s Blog:
“I tasted some cherry and a little bit of spice, but there was nothing to get excited about. People may mock the “Two Buck Chuck”, but even that has more depth and flavor than the Barking Sheep. “
I stand by my review, and would not recommend taking a chance on this one.
After dumping the Malbec down the drain, we opened a bottle of Saddler’s Peak 2008 Napa Valley Red Wine. I don’t have a label to upload, as it’s an off-brand wine. I would rate this wine 83/100. It’s pleasant, drinkable, but won’t knock your socks off. I would gamble and buy an unknown bottle over buying this one again. However, at $4.99, you can’t argue it’s not worth the price.
Arlen’s comments: I’d buy this over 2-Buck Chuck, even though it’s twice as expensive.