2011 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley

SKU #1111854 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Malbec comes from Barrancas in the Maipu District of Mendoza from vines located at 700 meters above sea level. It is fermented in stainless steel and thereafter 40% of the wine is aged in new American oak casks. It has a pure natural nose that expresses the essence of Malbec: lifted raspberry leaf and wild strawberry scents with traces of dried rose petal. It is a medium-bodied with supple, fine tannins and great purity. It glides across the mouth with those raspberry and strawberry notes continuing, joined by a taut citric edge and a slight leafiness towards the composed finish. This is pure class had for a fabulous price. Drink now.  (10/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Inviting, varietally expressive aromas of blackberry, violet, fig, coffee and licorice. A juicy, spicy, shapely midweight in an elegant style, offering a restrained sweetness to its intense dark berry and spice flavors. Slightly dusty but not dry on the end. A very good value.  (4/2013)

Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* This is floral and candied upfront, with a red licorice note. It feels full and fleshy, with hints of red berry and cassis, with not too much oak on the palate. Ripe, basic, clean and sweet as a whole.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

This wine continues to over-deliver in the quality to price ratio, or QPR department (please excuse the industry jargon). Back again is the smooth, fleshiness, the bright red cherry fruit, hint of ripe blueberry and a touch of earthy smoke. This wine seems to gain in definition and structure with each vintage. This is not only a well-made example of Argentine Malbec, but an exceptional value in red wine overall. Partially aged in American oak for depth and complexity, this is ready to be enjoyed tonight with anything from barbecued steak to pasta.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/2/2013 | Send Email
This 2011 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley is the sixth vintage in a row we have sold of this wine, and, year in and year out, it is always one of our best selling Malbecs from Argentina, as well as one of our customers' favorite everyday red wines. There is a lot of beef on the menu in Argentina, and locals consider it a birthright to enjoy well-priced Malbec with their steak dinners. This is the perfect BBQ wine, deeply colored with a hint of smoke on the nose. Full-bodied with ripe, sweet dark fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins. A balanced, complete wine, and a superb value.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2012 | Send Email
As mentioned in the previous review, this wine has gone up a couple bucks. That said, it is still one of the best deals in Malbec! More of the great blueberry, cherry, and vanilla spice of the previous vintages with a little more depth. It is a crowd pleaser at any party!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2012 | Send Email
OK, so it is no longer $10. It is better wine than it has been in years! This is not just a soft and simple Malbec, it has structure, complexity and great fruit. A great everyday red for people who want a little something more out of their red wine.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14