100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
SRP of around $8. The 1.5L is available at Costco for only $8. Sample received courtesy Banfi Vintners for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"I invite you to experience this intensely deep, unctuous Malbec. Once native to France, Malbec now thrives in the generous and ideal terroir of Mendoza producing what could only be described as the fullest expression of opulence. Distinctive of Argentina, this 100% Malbec offers elegant red fruit, subtle spice and a tantalizing, juicy finish. Sharing is part of our culture so I recommend enjoying this wine with family and friends, paired perfectly with roasted beef, lamb, duck and dishes that hint of spice.Concha y Toro began as Chilean winery in 1883 and is now a global company. As such today's wine, from the Xplorador line, comes from Argentina. We've reviewed several other wines from Concha y Toro, and liked them all including two from the Marques de Casa Concha line (a Chardonnay and a Carmenere) and also a meat craving Carmenere from the Casillero Del Diablo line.
At Xplorador our passion is wine. And, we celebrate life daily by exploring our passion! So, join us...Xplore and experience the excitement of Chile. Experience Xplorador.
The 2011 Concha y Toro Xplorador Malbec begins with a very nice aroma of blackberry, plum and spice. This is certainly a good start. The wine tastes similar to the bouquet. A bit on the simple side but this wine has really nice fruit flavors of plum and blackberry and a smooth texture. It ends with a long, spicy, juicy finish that really pulls it all together. I can see good reason to buy this wine in the 1.5L bottle. It's not overly complex, but it's hard not to like. A great, affordable every day wine.
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Taste Rating: 7 Cost Rating: 10
Overall Rating: 7.8
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