2008 Elsa Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1044924

The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate leads to a lingering finish.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/8/2010  | Send Email
When I think of this wine I always think of a nice velvety and easy to drink crowd-pleaser. The Elsa Malbec is soft and round with nice dark fruit flavors. It will taste great with simple meals and is a wonderful party wine.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/8/2009  | Send Email
This is an amazing wine, particularly if you take price into consideration. Medium-deep ruby in color, the nose is bright and flashy with distinctive plum and white pepper spiciness. In the mouth, you will be treated to a Malbec that is nicely balanced, offers excellent viscousity and structure, and has well-integrated tanins with a long, satisfying finish.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/2/2009  | Send Email
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This is a hugely popular Argentinian malbec that is unbelievably priced. Lush, with ripe cherries, red plums and raspberries, this little wine is absolutely perfect for everyday and is great with barbecue. The convenient screw cap means that you won't have to have your wine opener at hand. Practically paradise!
Top Value!

 By: Joe |  Review Date: 7/5/2009 
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Yummy. Well-balanced combination of smoothness and spice. Long finish.

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Varietal:

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 C˘t 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.
Country:

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.