2012 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley

SKU #1137427 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Malbec has clean, shiny notes of raspberry and red currant, and a fresh, balanced palate. Very pleasant. Drink now. (LG)  (4/2014)

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: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/11/2013 | Send Email
Argentine Malbecs are easy to drink and enjoy. The 2012 Toso is a very good example of this. It is fruity and round and very enjoyable. It will be great alone or with red meats.

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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