Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review: *** $ don Rodolfo Vina Cornejo Costas Malbec, Cafayate Valley, Argentina, 2010 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: I've sampled a few Argentinian malbecs lately.  This one came at a real bargain price and had some strong reputation behind it.

Original tasting and review : This is don Rodolfo Vina Cornejo Costas Malbec, Cafayate Valley, Argentina, 2010, sourced from vineyards at altitudes just below 6,000 feet.

In the glass: Black magenta, opaque from a quarter inch in.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows sweet, clean plums, almost reminiscent of California merlot.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep but fruity. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact perfumed and husky with aromatic plums and a softer surround of furry tannins that show hints of cocoa.  The finish comes cloaked in the tannins, but with a long, closing wash of bright red berries.  Intriguing.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, and is a best value at its price.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Shy and bright nose. Bright, medium red sip, but many of the distinctive flavor elements have faded. Drink fresh.

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1 comment:

  1. Gotta agree, great value on this vintage of Don Rodolfo! Here's my writeup on it.

    http://www.wineshout.com/tasting-notes/2010-don-rodolfo-malbec/

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