Friday, March 16, 2012

Review: *** $ Simonassi Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: We've seen quite a number of Argentinian malbecs lately, and quite a few have reached "best value" status.  We have another one today,  this one from the well-regarded Mendoza region and available at a remarkably attractive price.  It is a relatively small bottling, numbering some 1,000 cases.

Original tasting and review : This is Simonassi Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2010, finished at 13.3% alcohol, quite shy versus other Mendoza malbecs.

In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows a bright and somewhat unique alcoholic ink component, but with a candy fruit overtone.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, tangy, yet perhaps shy too.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact flush with deep purple fruit on the mid-palate, with study tannins bringing the purple ink along to your cheeks.  There the sandy and bright fruit sits for quite awhile, before fading slowly to a clean wisp.  Flavors are of slightly dry but ripe blackberry. 

In summary: Overall, solid mid-red with good tannin support rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value, given the price point.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Nose penetrates your nostrils with the bright plum ink.  Softer bright fruits still hold a grip.  Bright at the close with a little twinge of bitter pepper.

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