Sample received courtesy Marquee Selections for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Our grapes grow in our own organic vineyards, at the foot of the majestic Andes Range at 900m above sea level. Here the sun pours into our remarkably elegant wines, which fully capture the unique flavor of the upper valley of the Mendoza river.
Our Reserve Malbec shows ripe plums and complex floral aromas. The large, ample palate continues with smooth berries and notes of chocolate with mocha. The long, velvety finish will bring you back for more. Pair with grilled meats, pizza, or your next BBQ.
Origin: Finca La Marolina, Mayor Drummond, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza.
Altitude: 900m above sea level.
Soil: Limestone, excellent drainage, low in organic matter.
Vine Age: Vineyard planted in 1930.
Cellaring: It can be stored for over 4 years under appropriate conditions (cool, dark and dry cellar, in horizontal position).
Made with organically grown grapes.
Today we have another wine from Caligiore -- we previously reviewed the Staccato Malbec/Cabernet blend that currently resides on the Top 10 list, so expectations with this one were high. We actually opened this up along with several other wines at a little tasting party we hosted and this wine was very well received. In fact, the people who arrived fashionably late didn't even get a chance to try it as this wine was emptied far before any others. Always a good sign.
The 2009 Caligiore Reserve Malbec begins with nice aromas of berry, vanilla and spice along with some floral notes. The wine tastes of blackberry along with lots of spice and vanilla. This is a dense meaty wine with great flavor and a rich, full texture. The wine ends with a dry, strong finish that features gripping tannins and nice fruit flavor that lasts a long time. Sure to please even the most serious red wine drinkers.
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Overall Rating: 8.0
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