2009 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley

SKU #1061369

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. At K&L the staff has commented on the fact that this wine seems to only gain in value and structure with each vintage.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/3/2011  | Send Email
I love anything that Paul Hobbs gets his hands on. When I found out that he is now involved with Pascual Toso, I tried the wine again and I'm a fan! Better than ever, with great fruit and spice. This malbec will hold up to any big dish I throw at it. Enjoy!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/3/2011  | Send Email
The best selling Malbec in the store and for good reason! You get loads of sweet black fruit, cocoa, licorice, spice, toasty oak, and polished tannins make for a super crowd pleasing red that can be drunk with or without food easily. Don't doubt it, just go with it!

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/3/2011  | Send Email
I haven't tried this wine in awhile but we opened a bottle of this wine in a tasting recently and was pleasantly surprised. With each vintage this wine seems to get better and better. On the nose cherry and plum fruit with a bit of spice. The palate is full of rich cherry, plum and black fruit moving through the finish along with a smoky spice. The mouthfeel is rich but finishes with slight astringency. This is the value for Malbec.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2011  | Send Email
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Appealing notes of dark, fleshy purple plums, blueberries and vanilla spice layer the palate, with suggestive hints of loam and sweet smoke followed by tannins that are finely-knit and polished, all contributing complexity and structure to this sensational Malbec. Pascual Toso has been a favorite with our customers for the past several years, and its amazing price truly defies its venerable pedigree. A bit of background— winery founder Pascual Toso emigrated from his native Piemonte region in Italy to Argentina in 1880, and soon realized the sunny climate and soil conditions in Mendoza were ideal for growing superior, high-quality grapes. At the beginning of the last century, he established an estate in Maipu, "Las Barrancas", from which the fruit for the winery's premium wines are still grown. Technological improvements in viniculture over the last decades have kept pace with the superior quality of the fruit grown in the Maipu vineyards, recently attracting the attention of consulting winemaker and oenologist Paul Hobbs, who has consistently achieved extraordinary results in the premium and super-premium categories in Argentina. That similar qualities can be found in Pascual Toso's more modest wines is a tribute to the original vision of its founder over 100 years ago.

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/31/2011  | Send Email
The staff/customer favorite returns with yet another great vintage! Loads of red fruit balance well with earthy spice and follow with a beautiful tannic finish. For $10, this wine can't be beat!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/26/2010  | Send Email
If you want an amazing bottle of wine at an amazing price, this is for you! This wine is full of red cherry fruit, blueberry and enchanting earthy smoke. It steadily improves with every new vintage!

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/27/2010  | Send Email
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This is the fifth vintage for us of this lovely Gem, and it seems that it gets richer and much more interestingly complex and delicious with each vintage that we have brought in and the 2009 is obviously the best that we have featured to date, all of which probably explains why we sell a b’zillion bottles in only a few weeks each year. This is amazing stuff, with a deep, dark color and a nose that explodes with blueberry, current, and anise notes with a lovely creamy undertone. The mouth is broad, viscous, rich, deep, and fleshy, with well-integrated, silky tannins, and a long warm finish. This is a wine that is obviously meant for the near-term and if you are looking for a great holiday party wine, this is overwhelmingly it. Anderson has overwhelmingly deemed this Gem our house gleamer (made-up and I will explain this soon) for the month, and has told me that we need to stockpile this puppy. 14% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2010 to 2013

 By: Joe Doniach |  Review Date: 2/26/2011 
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Disappointing. Thin, one-dimensional, flat taste. Definitely not on a level with so many of K&L's other similarly-priced wines.

Additional Information:

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