2016 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú

SKU #1353868 92 points James Suckling

 Lots of red fruit here with flowers such as roses and lilacs. Medium body, soft and round tannins yet this is refined and vibrant. Linear backbone here. Drink now.  (6/2017)

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Pascual Toso is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina, founded in Mendoza in 1890 by Italian immigrant Pascual Toso. They make a variety of wines from Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, ranging from prestigious, single-vineyard blends to easy-drinking table wines. In 2007, Pascual Toso won the trophy for best Argentinian producer at the International Wines and Spirits Challenge.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2018 | Send Email
Ever since the 2006 vintage of Pascual Toso gave our internet servers everything they could handle, we have consistently carried this Malbec and have liked what we have tasted, perhaps a bit more so in some years than in others. That said, we feel strongly that a decade later, this wine has regained some of its mojo. It is every bit as delicious, but updated for the times: fresher, less heavy feeling, not as obviously flavored by oak. As always, this is wonderfully representative malbec, with fresh and plummy fruit aromas, taking a deeper whiff, perhaps a hint of licorice as well. On the palate, it is silky smooth, with fine tannins and a juicy core of fruit. For fans of fruit forward, easy to drink reds, you would be hard pressed to find something tastier at under $10.

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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.
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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