2011 Goulart Malbec Clasico Mendoza
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Malbec
88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
(done entirely in stainless steel): Bright dark red. Fresh, intriguing aromas of sour cherry, dried herbs, pepper, minerals, smoke and meat. A juicy, sexy midweight with moderate concentration and flesh to its cherry and gunflint flavors. Boasts very good cut and lift, though, not to mention plenty of personality. Finishes with smooth tannins and sneaky length. I like this--especially at its gentle price.
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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