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Sunday, September 11, 2011

2009 Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec

I have to admit that it's been quite a while since I've written up a Malbec here on the Blog Wine Cellar. To be honest, I kind of got tired of the category temporarily, but now for some strange reason I'm finding that I want to start exploring the nuances of the varietal once again.

This 100% Malbec from Argentina's MaipĂș 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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admiral said...

Loving this wine. Bold, dark berries, great taste, somewhat rich. Nice aroma. Tastes great with seasoned beef items. No bitterness. Usually, I have to bring down the temp on reds to enjoy. Not this one. Recommend! Oh yeah!

 
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