Grape Variety: Malbec.
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Mendoza, Argentina.
Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)
Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.
Paired With: BBQ pork on bun with coleslaw
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Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, very dark brownish purple color with a light purple rim. Just discernible ripe dark fruit aromas. Smooth entry, but a meaty, bold and dusty mouthfeel, full body and a 150-grit texture. Jammy blackberry, plum and a touch of sweet spice flavors set on a bitter tar background. Enormous amount of bright acidity (in fact it was a little overwhelming), grippy tannins that stuck to the sides of your mouth and a very long tart fruit and peppery finish that carried on through a bitter aftertaste that lasted forever. WOW, this was a bold Malbec that oozed character. The acidity was a little much and the juicy fruit tastes were on steroids, but by the end of the last pour we both agreed it was a very AUDACIOUS red wine that many wine drinkers might not embrace.
Alcohol Content: 14%
Closure: Reconstructed cork.
UPC Code: 0 85000 01614 5.
Imported by: Gascon USA; Hayward, California.