SRP of $15 and available for as low as $13. Imported by Trinchero Vineyards. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Inspired by the varietals that grow best in Lujan de Cuyo, our winemaker crafted this blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.
A rich purple in color, this wine has aromas of plum, spices and red pepper with delicate notes of mint. Velvety tannins, a good body and a long, persistent finish balance this wine nicely.
Try this wine with red meats such as beef tenderloin medallions. Our vineyards are managed using sustainable agricultural practices.
Argentina is known for its excellent Malbec, and with good reason (see here and here for example). But don't let that fact trick you into thinking that's the only good thing coming out of this country. There's plenty of good wine (at very good prices) coming out of Argentina that is not Malbec (like this one and this one). However, if you're not feeling that adventurous we've got a good compromise for you today -- an excellent red blend containing 60% Malbec.
The 2012 Dona Paula Estate Black Edition Red Blend begins with pleasant aromas of plum, black cherry, mint, a little vanilla and as the label says, a touch of red pepper. Tasting reveals a delightful dry Bordeaux blend with lots of dark fruit, spice and vanilla. Nicely balanced with good acidity and a delicious smooth texture, this wine doesn't scream Malbec and that's OK. It ends dry with very tart fruit, more spice and good length. Pair it with a steak or other grilled meats and you'll be very happy.
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Overall Rating: 8.3
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