70% Malbec and 30% Tannat from Valle de Cafayate, Salta, Argentina.
SRP of $15 and available for as low as $13. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Brothers - we played soccer, we fought a lot, we generally caused trouble for our parents. But we Domingo Brothers ("Hermanos" in Spanish) became the best of friends, and 50 years after our father and uncle opened a winery, we started one of our own on a hillside above Cafayate. We named the winery Domingo Molina - Domingo for our father's last name and Molina for our mother's. Over the decades, our family has located the best vineyard sites in Salta Province, all 5800 - 7300 feet above sea level. This extreme altitude and 340 days of sun yield wines with intense aromas and soft tannins which are a pleasure to drink, especially with our brothers - Osvaldo, Gabriel & Rafael - the Hermanos de Domingo Molina.
Tannat (pronounced Ta-Not) has taken on a new life in South America. Originally grown primarily in southwest France, it has now become quite common in Uruguay, Brasil, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. This is an up and coming varietal that produces seriously big, tannic wines. Some even feel that Tannat could be Uruguay's Malbec -- the variety that puts them on the wine map like Malbec did for Argentina. Today's wine clocks in at only 30% Tannat, but even that amount is sufficient to help this wine stand out from the crowd.
The first thing you notice about the 2011 Domingo Molina Hermanos Malbec-Tannat is how dark and inky it is in the glass, no doubt thanks to the Tannat. The wine begins with strong, dense aromas of blackberries, plums, olives and mint dark chocolate -- nice! (Any wine that smells of mint dark chocolate is certainly a friend of mine.) Tasting the wine reveals wonderful dark fruit with the Tannat adding a bigness to the wine that separates it from your average Malbec. The flavors when tasting are similar to the bouquet just wrapped up in a really silky, velvety texture. You'll also find some nice mineral notes. It ends dry, with dusty tannins and good length. A deep, dark and delicious twist on your standard Malbec!
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