2010 Elsa Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1069803

According to the Wine Spectator: "This is fresh, but shows a jammy edge to the plum and dark berry fruit as a note of licorice accents the finish. Drink now." (08/11) 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: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/17/2012  | Send Email
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I think for the last ten plus years, one of the very best values of incredibly high quality red wine on the market today is the Elsa Malbecs. This 2010 may top the previous vintages in terms of quality. It is medium deep ruby in color, offers up loads of spicy anise to blueberry fruit notes on the nose, which carries over nicely to a bright, flashy, easy-drinking wine in the mouth. The finish is fresh and vibrant, leaving just a wonderful freshness and brightness in the mouth. Rusty has informed me that this Malbec will be one of our house red Gems for the month and maybe beyond. 14.1% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2012 to 2015

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2011  | Send Email
A warm and inviting nose of dark red and blue fruits lead into a palate of the same rich fruit flavors. The Elsa really brings a lovely mouth feel and profile of flavors that outdo its modest price tag.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/20/2011  | Send Email
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This newly released 2010 vintage has classic ripe plum scents and flavors with silky tannins and underlying vanilla notes. Inexpensive enough to have every day without breaking the budget. Versatile enough to go with almost every meal. Perfect for parties!
Top Value!

 By: Mike Callahan |  Review Date: 11/2/2011 
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This wine has a pleasant aroma and a solid fruit flavor that hangs in from start to finish. A wonderful wine choice, especially at its modest price.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14