Friday, May 11, 2012

Updated Review: ***** Bodega Goulart Reserva Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008


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Initial review, by way of background, December, 2010: This is Bodega Goulart Reserva Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008 , finished at 14.% alcohol.  The blend is 60% malbec and 40% cabernet sauvignon, all from the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, from specially selected estate barrels and aged for 12 months in French oak. 

In the glass: Deep purple, opaque from about a half inch in from the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Argentinian malbec shows a bold, new-wine helium smell, which will blow off in a short while.  The helium wraps around intense dark purple fruit, showing both depth and brightness. 

On the palate: A full, bright, right robe of flavor greets you right up front, bringing deep, sleek concentrate of blackberry, with funky, complex elements of earth and oak adding layers.  Not shy with tannins or acids, either, both of these coming on as the finish builds to a layered and very, very slowly fading finish.  Delicious now, but definitely has the "chops" for additional years in the bottle.

In summary: Overall, awesome, concentrated experience that builds on roots in both the new world and the old.  Rates a very rare five stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale,
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Updated review, over a year later,  May, 2012:  Consistent color, deep and opaque.  Now, big, bold old world fruit on the nose, deep and pleasantly stinky!  Old world elements blend with the deep, concentrated blackberry, providing a lush, structured, old world, balanced blend.  Hits on all cylinders, now four years from vintage date.  Awesome.

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