2008 Reserve is a must buy
I tried other Cruz Alta wines, and by far, this one is the best. I agree with the others, after letting this red breathe, it was amazing. The aroma gets you first, the color second, and the finish is wonderful. Very smooth, but enough strength to drink by itself, or with a hearty meal. Great for the price.
Coffee and Chocolate
2008 year. As soon as I smelled the wine in the glass the coffee aroma hit me. As I drank it I wanted something sweet, luckily we had some 60% dark chocolate on hand. Terrific combination. Not sure how well it would go with other foods, hence only the 4 stars, but still a great pairing.
Was given this as a Christmas gift. Very deep color. Says it is cured in oak. Does not have very much of a oak flavor. Let it breath. Nice flavor, not over powering. Stands up to strong flavored foods. Would give as a gift.
Know Your Wine Vintage!
Remember vintage (the year) of a wine is ~very~ important. I'd rather hav a $20 bottle from a great vintage, than a Chateau Margaux Premier Gtand Cru from an off year. I tried this Malbec at a tasting and fell in love with it. Don't be put off by my 4 stars, as I rarely give 5 stars to anything, and they didn't hav a "4+" score. My bottle was the 2004 vintage, and it was truly wonderful. Rich layers of flavors, deep, easy acid that complements beef and cheese. I tried the regular bottle, but this one (the President's Reserve) is so much better for the extra few bucks. I gifted the regular one's I had purchased and kept the Resv, which are still in my cooling unit. You can't go wrong here for the price point, it is flavorful, fruity, balanced and I'v had worse bottles that cost over $50. Believe me, I am pretty picky about my wines, and this bottle was just one of a few lessons for me about year and bottle price. You CAN get great wine's for affordable prices, but it's just not often. I don't know about the 2006 like the other reviewer, but I can vouch for the 04. If you find it, grab it. My 2 cents.
My family enjoyed this wine. Excellent Value.
this malbec has a very nice nose...fruity and some complexity.....generous wine with pleasant finale..not long but enough.... one to buy by the case for sure..To reach its full potential, let it breathe for 2 hours before drinking ..
Medium Body, nice balance. Easy to sip. (Enjoyed with Lori after Christmas 2007)
Fruity, not too complex. Very mild finish. Fantastic on the nose.
walk in the park
Cruz Alta Malbec Reserve
Overall, it was a little flat. Even after being aerated. I'm used to more richness in a Malbec and this started of well, but then finished flat. My vintage was 2007.
PLEASANT 3.5 STAR WINE
A pleasant wine with a nice nose that's not too overly complex. This wine is fruity up front with a small bit of tannic. Tried this wine with various cheese, hot sauce and toasted breads with bruschetta. Not overly complex, but slightly mysterious. I would, however, not recommend this one to the Wine Tasters Club (WTC) although it is a pleasurable wine to drink.
2006 no good?
Sorry, but for me the merchant review couldn't be more wrong for the 2006 vintage. I found the wine thin, with a slight smokey or burnt nose and no finish at all.
This wine is so bad it has ruined my taste for Malbec, maybe forever. Reserve? For what, the trash dump? Get real.