2005 Pascual Toso "Finca Pedregal" Pedregal de Barrancas Vineyards Mendoza, Argentina

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93 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Steady as a rock, with smoky, charred aromas mixed with beautiful black fruit scents as well as accents of licorice and earth. For anyone enthralled with New World ripeness, this is the ticket. Itís a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is lush, packed with blackberry and boysenberry flavors, and viscous on the finish. Complete and special at every level." (5/1/2008) 92 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Finca Pedregal is 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Pedregal de Barancas Vineyard in the Maipu district of Mendoza. It was aged for 18 months in a mix of French and American oak. It delivers a superb perfume of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Complex and elegant on the palate, it has gobs of savory, ripe fruit, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and several years of aging potential. It should be at its best from 2012 to 2022. The venerable Pascual Toso winery was founded in 1890 and has employed Paul Hobbs as a consultant since 2000." (Dec. 2008) 91 points Wine Spectator: "This is dark and winy, with layers of fig sauce, ripe plum, shaved vanilla, Turkish coffee and molten chocolate running along dense but fine-grained tannins. The long, exotic finish lets spice, cocoa and dark fruit notes linger. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2011. 600 cases made." (05/08)

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Malbec

- 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 CŰt 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.
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Argentina

- 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.