Thursday, February 25, 2010

***+ $ 2006 Ruca Malen Yauquen, Cabernet/Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Review, September 2007:
I liked the 2004 Ruca Malen Yauquen well enough to have bought a few bottles of the 2006 vintage. Let's see how I did...

In the glass, it's a deep, almost opaque mahogany, with purple highlights at the edge. The aroma is intriguing. Not overpowering, but strong, and it does draw you in. Ripe, but not over-ripe plums, a note of rubber, and just-slightly-funkified black cherries. In the palate, it draws inky acids up and around the mouth to coat your tongue and roof, then follows with a rich, dark fruit, leaving a touch of burnt oak in the finish. None of the milk chocolate I remember in the finish of the 2004, but I'm willing to leave a bottle or two around for a couple more years to see what emerges. Three stars out of five.

Folks, with shipping and tax, this cost me well under $10 U.S. What kind of outrageous value is that?!

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Updated Review, two and a half years later, February, 2010:  Color is now medium-deep red with light bricking around the edge.  Ripe, muddled black cherries are still there on the nose, with less funk-i-fication.  Now an inky rich sweetness comes across your mouth, rather than the acids.  Soft oak wraps around the mature fruit.  It's ready to drink now, for sure, but it does get a plus added for mature balance and power.  Great value.

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