2007 Pascual Toso "Alta Reserve" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1055019

93 points from the Wine Enthusiast: "A big boy with black fruit, cedar, tobacco and chocolate cake aromas. All early signs say this one is here for the long haul; it is aggressive but serious, with fine acids and tannins hoisting deep black plum and berry flavors. Chocolate, mocha and pepper work the long finish. Best in 2010." (11/09) 92 points from the Wine Spectator: "Offers gorgeous, dark, exotic layers of fig sauce, melted licorice snap, crushed blackberry and bittersweet chocolate flavors, all laid seamlessly over supervelvety tannins. The long finish lets it all hang out. Drink now through 2011. 500 cases imported." (10/09) And, according to Robert Parker: "Pascual Toso’s 2007 Malbec Alta Reserva spent 12 months in mostly American oak. It is a glass-coating opaque purple color with a nose of cedar, cinnamon, incense, black cherry, and plum. Layered on the palate with excellent density, this medium-bodied Malbec has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and a lengthy, pure finish. Drink it from 2011 to 2019." (08/09)

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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 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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14