88 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2008
($12) Bright, deep ruby-red. Dark raspberry, mocha and dark chocolate on the nose, plus a heavy layer of oaky vanilla, spice and coconut. Sweet, lush and fine-grained but fresh and not at all confectionery. In fact, this boasts enticing fresh fruit and good texture, density and lift. Finishes firm and persistent.
84 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
One would be hard-pressed to find a better bottle of Malbec at this price slot (or any other wine varietal for that matter). Maybe a few Spanish reds, but at the $11 I paid, not many.
I would rate it a 5, but reserve that elevation for only ethereal bottles. A harmonious balance of fruit and tannin with a complexity on the nose that is striking for what has never always been much more than a Bordeaux blending grape. Or could that be where all that complexity arises in those many great St. Juliens I've had?
Malbec will soon be King in South America at this rate. My biggest regret is that I can't find any more of it.
This has to be one of my favorite Malbec for the price. Must let it breathe for a few, but worth the wait.
Perfect weeknight wine
At ten bucks this stuff really delivers. It's really well-balanced considering the huge amount of fruit, and the nice, soft tannin is perfect with grilled meats.
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let it sit
the 1st sip was questionable, but once allowed to breathe you can tast the potential of this wine.
Open and let it sit a bit...then enjoy. Perhaps shelf it and we'll talk more next year!
Definetly one to add to your cellar.
Needs to age & breath
A little bite on the dry side makes me feel this one is not totally ready to drink yet. Very strong punch to it also
I agree, let the malbec breathe abit
good, balanced, good value
Needs more time, perhaps
Great fruit and body but finishes very hot. Perhaps it needs more time to mellow out.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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