Sunday, September 11, 2011
2009 Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec
This 100% Malbec from Argentina's Maipú district in Mendoza, is aged for 12 months in 8o% French oak barrels and 20% American oak.
On the nose I get aromas of rustic black currant, scorched earth, black licorice, dried blueberries, and just a touch of vanilla. It has a good balance of earth and wild black fruits. It's also a touch musky.... or has a damp forest floor effect.
On the palate the wine touches down with flavors of black currant, spice, vanilla, cedar, and hints of unsweetened coco powder. I also get some seconday notes of black licorice or anise on the finish, along with some nice blackberry flavors.
This is simple everyday table wine folks....It won't blow your socks off, but it's very serviceable and it's a nice change of pace for the typical Cab drinker. I can see it paring well with a Burger or a cheap piece of beef thrown on the grill! 85 points
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