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2007 Doña Paula Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1041621

90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark and winey, with warm currant paste, cocoa powder and Turkish coffee notes backed by solid grip on the fleshy finish. Nice hint of grilled sage adds dimension too. Drink now through 2009." (11/08) 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple 2007 Malbec reveals a brooding black fruit bouquet, ripe flavors, excellent depth and grip, and 2-3 years of aging potential. Drink this outstanding value from 2010 to 2018.During my visit to the winery, I was impressed by the spirit of experimentation and willingness to try new and different approaches." (Dec. 2008) Doña Paula has consistently churned out some of the best inexpensive malbec to come out of Argentina over the last few years. Did they sell their soul to do this? Did they come up with some new synthetic, highly addictive chemical additive? I say no! Their success can be attributed to something simple: they grow good grapes and don't screw them up in the cellar. Malbec is something that tastes delicious on its own merit; it really doesn't need much to make it sing. Take some vines around 40-years-old, throw some whole berries in the fermentation process to add some bright fruit and finish for six months in new French and American oak. Bingo! You have a delicious, inexpensive, chug-able bottle of malbec displaying unmistakable aromas of violet and blackberry and serious flavors of mocha, blueberry, sweet licorice and red plum. Load up for the party season! (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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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.