Wonderfully rich, smooth and savory Malbec from a high altitude vineyard in Mendoza, the Tapiz Black Tears. Saturday Splurge!
100% Malbec from the San Pablo Estate vineyard at 1400 meters (4,430 feet) above sea level in the Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina. The with is aged for 24 months in new French oak barrels and at least another 12 months in the bottle before release. It has 2.78 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Tapiz Black Tears Malbec has an SRP of $60 and is available for as low as $40. (Saturday Splurge.) Yes it’s quite a splurge, but it’s quite a wine and given the high altitude and the extensive aging in new French oak, there’s a significant expense to make this wine. Imported by Vino Del Sol.
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Vineyard Location: Single Vineyard San Pablo (Uco Valley)
Altitude: 1400 meters above sea level (4200 feet)
Aged: 24 months in new French oak barrels
We’ve enjoyed many other wines from Tapiz (and their other label Zolo) and even had the opportunity to stay at their resort and visit their vineyards so we were quite excited to taste the latest vintage of this wine.
The 2013 Tapiz Black Tears Malbec begins with aromas of plum, black cherry and spice interwoven beautifully with touches of mint, licorice and coffee. Tasting reveals similar flavors to the nose that are rich, smooth and savory in the mouth. It just keeps getting better the longer it is open, so give it plenty of time to breathe. In fact, it’s almost a waste to start drinking it right after you pop open the bottle, especially given the price. Fine but firm tannins lead into the dry and long coffee and cocoa filled finish. Wonderful!
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