Always a solid value, this Los Cardos Malbec from Dona Paula is a fresh, fruit-forward expression of Argentine Malbec. Grapes are sourced from their own estate vineyards high up (3,400 feet above sea level) in the Uco Valley and the Lujan de Cuyo. The grapes are de-stemmed and cold soaked to preserve the primary aromas. Extended maceration adds to the texture and rounds out the tannins. It shows big aromas of berry fruit and roasted nuts. The palate is firm but zesty with with bright berry, black tea and mineral flavors. A hint of toast comes up on the lingering finish. This wine received a Silver Medal in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. Previous vintages have garnered 90+ scores, it's always a tremendous value!
Sometimes these inexpensive Malbecs can be too jammy and rough on the finish...Not this one! This is all about ripe, dark fruit, baking spice, floral notes and smoothed out tannins on the finish. Great everyday, summer BBQ kinda juice.
I was looking for a wine for everyday consumption mostly with meals. There are lots of Cabs and Merlots in my neck of the woods that I drink & give for special occasions. I like wines that are grown and processed from regions that specialize in producing them, but in this case I didn't want something over the top for what I was eating that night. This wine complements just about anything simple you may want to prepare, smooth, but has a little something extra that gives it character and a bit out of the ordinary.