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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 12.47.03 PMMalbec continues to be a grape that keeps being a rockstar in the wine community. Historically, Malbec has been grown in the south of France and I recently had the chance to taste some of those while we were there. When bringing Malbec to South America, you end up getting a more fruit forward wine versus the more earthy ones in France.

Recently, I tried the 2012 Don David Reserve Malbec from the Calchaqui Valley in Argentina. I got this in a deal with Underground Cellar, who seems to be having some issues as of late. They assure me that they are working on it but having your wine locked up in a Cloud Cellar you cannot access is a little concerning.

Right now, if you want this wine you can purchase it for $15.99 on Wine.com and here is their tasting notes:

Winemaker’s Notes

The flagship red varietal of Argentina. This wine shows plum, red fruits, spicy black cherries and cassis with toasted oak notes on the nose and palate. Ripe fruit and linear acidity balance strong but soft, ripe tannins.

Displaying expressive plum jam, raisin and pipe tobacco aromas, with toasty vanilla notes, the wine has balanced, spicy dark fruits and cassis, almond and nutty notes on the long finish.

Critical Acclaim

  • WE91
    Wine Enthusiast“This is one exotic number. The nose shows blueberry, boysenberry, charcoal, plenty of oak and hints of cardamom and star anise. A lush, layered palate is intense but doesnt hit too hard, while concentrated blackberry, licorice and spice flavors set up a peppery, minty finish thats stout and structured.”

It is interesting that Wine Enthusiast and the winery has such different notes. So what did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Cranberries and earthiness, maybe limestone.

Taste – Red fruit, smoke, and vanilla.

Finish – Long with medium to high acid and bold tannins.

Overall, this wine is surprisingly more like the Malbecs from France. It is definitely a more earthy Malbec then most of the ones from South America. This very bold wine has great structure that may grow more complex in the future but right now it is pretty basic.

Rating: B+