Rating is 3.5 stars. Upon opening, the nose of this wine was tight and tart. The deep purple color was accompanied by an attack that held great promise but the mid-pallate was young, closed and acidic... but 25 minutes of air later this wine was a very different experience...
A dark berry nose erupted. The attack became very pleasant with gentle tannins supported by dark fruits and toasted oak. The mid-pallate became balanced and the finish was long leaving me wanting for another sip. Its overall impressiuon was that of a well crafted malbec and for its modest price it stood up well against a robust plate of braised oso bucco.
Malbec is used in small amounts in Bordeaux blends to add color and tannin. In Cahors, where it is also known as “cot,” the grape makes wines there that are full bodied and able to mature – these wines are dark and sometimes gamey, but delicious – they like to call it the "black" wine of Cahors. But attribute its quick rise in popularity to Argentina. Here, Malbec has hit its stride – the grape produces spicy wines reminiscent of blackberries and chocolate, with a velvety texture. Ranging from excellent value to higher-priced collectibles, Argentina has truly made this grape its own.
Grilled seasoned beef, lamb, duck, regional Argentine dishes: empanadas, locro, carbonada, cheeses.