Saturday, July 14, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Camino del Toro Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: Malbec from Argentina is like corn from Kansas.  What could be more natural?  This is a value-priced malbec from the Barclay's Wine group.


Initial review, May, 2011: This is Camino del Toro Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Camino del Toro is deep red in the glass, not quite opaque anywhere.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a combination of red and black fruits, sweet and subtle, with hints of pepper.  From the aroma, seems like this will be balanced but perhaps indistinct.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact purple pepper on the palate, sweet and bright and tangy.  Muddled fruit accompanies the purple inky start, and creates a balanced and bold blend.  This moves to a clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, becoming a best value at the bargain case pricing.

Following long decant, several days kept cool in partially-filled bottle:    More perfumed and aromatic now, with muddled red and black fruit.  The palate holds together in an integrated, lightly tannin-laced melange. This wears its air well.
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Updated review, over a year later,  July, 2012:  Consistent color and fruity aromas.  Softer muddled purple fruit now on the palate, round but fresh.  Keeps its clean finish too.  Ready to drink now at three years since vintage date.

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