2011 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipu Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Malbec comes from Barrancas in the Maipu District of Mendoza from vines located at 700 meters above sea level. It is fermented in stainless steel and thereafter 40% of the wine is aged in new American oak casks. It has a pure natural nose that expresses the essence of Malbec: lifted raspberry leaf and wild strawberry scents with traces of dried rose petal. It is a medium-bodied with supple, fine tannins and great purity. It glides across the mouth with those raspberry and strawberry notes continuing, joined by a taut citric edge and a slight leafiness towards the composed finish. This is pure class had for a fabulous price. Drink now.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright ruby-red. Inviting, varietally expressive aromas of blackberry, violet, fig, coffee and licorice. A juicy, spicy, shapely midweight in an elegant style, offering a restrained sweetness to its intense dark berry and spice flavors. Slightly dusty but not dry on the end. A very good value.
*Best Buy* This is floral and candied upfront, with a red licorice note. It feels full and fleshy, with hints of red berry and cassis, with not too much oak on the palate. Ripe, basic, clean and sweet as a whole.
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. This wine seems to gain in definition and structure with each vintage. This is not only a well-made example of Argentine Malbec, but an exceptional value in red wine overall. Partially aged in American oak for depth and complexity, this is ready to be enjoyed tonight with anything from barbecued steak to pasta.