Original tasting and review : This is Mendoza Vineyards 1907 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in May, 2017. This malbec was created with fermentation in some new French oak, and is made from grapes harvested from a vinted planted over 100 years ago.
Inspired by this wine: Hiking out to the campfire at dusk, hearing a fife and drum parade in the distance.
In the glass: Dark magenta, opaque from a half inch of the edge.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, bold, fiery-streaked violet notes. From the aroma, seems like this may be bold and almost bombastic.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact more sleek, mineral and restrained than anticipated. Bold dark fruit touches the center of your mouth, but it spreads with taut tannins across your palate, yielding some charred oak in passing. The finish brings some dried mushrooms into your cheeks. Quite svelte. Not big. Not bombastic.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, being a best value at an attractively acquired price.
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