Producer: AVE Wines Style: Red Wine Grape Type:Malbec Origin: Argentina Region:Argentina
88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2011
($30) Full ruby-red. Lightly roasted aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry and smoky oak. Full and smooth in the mouth, with oak-driven tones of coffee and mocha currently blurring the raspberry fruit. But edgy acidity gives this brooding, flavorful wine good vinosity. A supple, persistent midweight with dusty tannins; I'd give it another year of bottle aging.
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.
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. Read More »
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