Saturday, June 25, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: ***+ $ Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo, Valle de Uco, Argentina, 2008 (BEST VALUE)

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo blend is sourced from the Valle de Uco region of Argentina. The 2008 vintage is finished at a hefty 14.5% alcohol.

Initial review, March, 2010: 

In the glass: Urban Uco Malbec Tempranillo shows as deep maroon and muddy red in the glass, opaque to within about an inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Argentinian blend shows a nose of bold, bright tar, blackberry and earth.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is mineral, moving to dry blackberry.

And the wrap-up: The finish is sparkly and cherry, showing a surprising bit of sugar cloy at the very end.

In summary: Overall, solid experience, rating three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Great value at its bargain price.

Jay Miller of Wine Advocate awarded a healthy 90 points as well, writing, "The 2008 Tempranillo (50%)-Malbec (50%) has an intriguing bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, violets, and ground coffee. Ripe, layered, and sweetly-fruited, this flavorful wine over delivers in a big way. Drink it over the next 5 years."

Following a long decant, two days in partially-filled bottle, kept cool:  Aromatics are comparable.  Now slicker, sweet fruit on the palate, clear and clean finish.  Solid three stars still.  Held up well to this long decant.

Updated review, over a year later, June, 2011:  Same deep color with muddy red edge. Sweet blackberry and some earth now on the nose.  Now the palate is full of sweet, soft gobs of ripe blackberry, with light sandy tannins washing across your tongue after a few seconds.  A light sweetness finishes clean because of the scrubbing soft tannins.  Now three stars with a very big plus for this soft, pleasant integration.  Outstanding value.

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