2008 Doña Paula "Los Cardos" Malbec Mendoza

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By now no one is surprised to see yet another amazing value Argentinean Malbec, but for $6.99 this is just ridiculous. Doña Paula is the largest landowner in the Lujan de Cuyo sub-zone of Mendoza, and they use their immense vineyard holdings to great advantage in crafting what is undoubtedly the best value Malbec around. Soft, juicy, eminently drinkable Malbec, this has loads of cherry and plum fruit as well as a really wonderful texture (especially considering the price), which make this a great wine to buy by the case and have around for summer grilling and unexpected house guests. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/13/2009 | Send Email
Very easy drinking wine. Perfect for an everyday glass or as a house red for the season.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/18/2009 | Send Email
The 2008 Dona Paula “Los Cardos” Malbec is just plain delicious. Estate fruit from the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, I always wonder in amazement at the quality of some of these wines. How do they produce a wine of pleasure and detail and get it to the US at such a decent price. The Malbec is deeply colored with waves of black raspberries, red plums, spice box, dried tobacco and lead pencil. The wine is medium to full-bodied with a lingering finish. This wine is a tremendous value.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.