2005 Mapema Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mapema is run jointly by longtime winemakers Pepe Galante and Mariano di Paoloa. The 2005 Malbec is purple-colored with aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, and black cherry. Medium-bodied and elegant, it has a smooth texture, lots of spicy flavor, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink it over the next 10-12 years." (Dec. 2007) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "Ripe, bold and creamy, with vanilla and plum aromas. Vivid on the palate, with cherry, blackberry, coffee and chocolate flavors all registering. It’s almost a lush wine, but there’s firm but controlled acidity and tannins that keep it from losing focus. A Malbec that rises and conquers, and the price is right." (11/1/2008) From Wine Spectator: "Bright and juicy, with raspberry and plum fruit backed by shaved vanilla and fruitcake notes. Open-knit, juicy finish. If you want an introduction to Argentine Malbec, this is a textbook example. Drink now through 2009. 1,500 cases made." (June 30, 2008) From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of mocha, licorice, violet and cured meat. Sweet dark berry and spice flavors are framed by ripe, juicy acidity, which gives this wine a refreshing character. Finishes firm, with ripe tannins and good length." (Jan/Feb '08)

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- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5