This was the first time I had ever tried a Malbec, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. I tend to like dry wines, and this bottle was very smooth going down, not too dry, and leaves a nice aftertaste on your palette. This is a brand and style of wine I will definitely be buying more of. Now that I know I like this particular vintage, I will be buying a case at a time now.
Wine Maker Notes
Poor clayey soils. The climate is characterized by its warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature variation of 14°C (57.2°F). The yield is 10 tonnes per hectare (approximately 4.05 tonnes per acre); espalier trellis system and drip irrigation are used. The estate is located at 1,050 meters (almost 3,445 ft) above sea level and the average annual rainfall in this area is 200 mm (7.87 in). At Dona Paula, our vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agriculture practices.
Los Cardos wines from Doña Paula showcase our fresh, approachable wine grown in some of the finest appellations of Argentina. Los Cardos is a Spanish word for “the thistles,” flowers known in Argentina for their intense and surprisingly vivid color as well their sharp thorns. In Mendoza their presence is an unmistakable signal of good terroir. Our Los Cardos wines are as beautiful as the thistle, but unlike this prickly flower, the wine is incredibly approachable. Our sustainably managed vineyards grow in a challenging climate with a breathtaking landscape located at more than 3,300 ft. above sea level where they enjoy the constant breeze from the Andes Mountains. The resulting wine is fresh and perfect for every occasion.