Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: *** $ Ocaso Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: This is Ocaso Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina, a definite value-priced wine from the area, 2008 vintage.

Original review, July, 2010:  

In the glass: Ocaso is a deep velvet maroon, almost opaque in the middle.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Argentinian malbec shows bright, deep tones suggesting ink and blood. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a high-pitched blackberry fruit with an element of clean cardboard (not corked).  Quite "purple" in its overall impressions. 

In summary: Overall, bright and powerful pizza wine. Definitely wants some rugged food to round its edges.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its potential with a bit more bottle age. Good value.

Following long decant,  two days under vacuum in partially-filled bottle:  The aromas have muted somewhat.  Now the palate is better woven together, pairing rich blackberry with lifting acids.

Updated review, over a year later, November, 2011:  Consistent color.  Palate is deeper now, with some chocolate tones along with the inky bloodiness.  Soft, rich blackberry now on the palate.  Rounder than before.  Ready to drink now.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent aromas, and some of the milk chocolate comes through on the palate now too.  And even longer decant, another day in partially filled bottle:  Dynamic sleekness on the palate.  Three stars, and a best value now.  This one likes air!

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