Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $$ Argento Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Mendoza region of Argentina is a classic site for malbec.  This one is a value-priced offering from this reputable region.

Original tasting and review : This is Argento Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2008, finished at a modest 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep magenta with violet overtones.

On the nose: Poured cool and swirled vigorously, shows funky, hay-manure, deep fruit.  Not ugly, but may turn some off.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and interesting.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a solid ripe blackberry on the palate, bringing some dark charcoal elements.  Overall impact is smooth, with light acids but sufficient tannins to create some layering.  Clean finish, not lengthy. 

In summary: Overall, simple but deep malbec experience rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:   The nose is entirely clean now, deep fruit and oak.  Softer, rounded, better knitted palate, with elements of charcoal still part of the equation.  The softness seems to bring additional pleasure with the decant time.  Additional age in bottle may have the same impact.

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