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Friday, January 4, 2013

Lagarde Alta Cumbres Malbec 2011 - A Modest Malbec

Lagarde Alta Cumbres Malbec 2011 - A Modest Malbec
Mmmmm Malbec

100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.

SRP of $12 and available for as low as $9. Sample submitted for review.

From the winery:
"Colour/Aroma/Taste: Intense red colour with blue and violet tinges. Fruity flavours where most significant are red fruits. Harmonious and elegant.

Suggested Match: Ideal for any kind of meat, chicken, duck and any kind of pasta, too.

14.0% Alcohol"
We haven't reviewed much Mendoza Malbec lately, which is too bad, but we have a very affordable one today from one of Argentina's most famed wineries, Lagarde, which was founded just before the turn of the 19th century. Today's wine is the "Altas Cumbres" Malbec which means "high peaks" and refers the high altitude vineyard where the grapes are grown. The 2011 vintage also unveils a new label design, shown in the photo above.

The 2011 Lagarde Alta Cumbres Malbec begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, plum, red cherry, herbal notes and a bit of spice. Tasting the wine reveals juicy fruit that is a bit on the sour side, primarily blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and raspberry. There's also cola and a bit of spice. The fruit continues on the long finish. All in all it's quite tasty -- rather basic, but basic Malbec is good Malbec!

Buy this wine online from our featured sponsor Marketview Liquor or see a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 8
Overall Rating: 7.3


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