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2010 Diseno Old Vine Malbec Mendoza, Argentina 13.5% $10

Tight on the nose with some cedar cigar box notes early on,  joined by notes of juniper, licorice and cocoa powder. This is rather seamless in the mouth, with fine balance between the tender tannins, juicy acids, and ripe black fruits that remain restrained and a bit closed. There's sweetness here from ripeness, not sugar, and really nice tension as the palate transitions to the dry, taut, blackberry toned finish. This is rather elegant and sophisticated, with a core of bright fruit that's really wrapped up on itself at the moment. I can see this improving. This will disappoint many Malbec drinkers looking for power and sweet fruit. 88pts

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  • Snooth User: bekka7227
    933159 1

    I was introduced to Malbec a year ago and have fallen in love with Kaiken, but it's hard to find so when I do find it you can bet I'm buying a bottle or 2!!
    Thanks for recognizing Argentine Malbec - I haven't tried many brands but what I have tried it awesome!

    Dec 01, 2011 at 5:52 PM

  • Snooth User: dbownds
    975066 0

    A friend brought a bottle of Malbec a couple of weeks ago - I'm hooked! I find it milder than Cabs or Pinots. It was Cupcake Vinyards, which I thought I was going to have a hard time finding, but found it in time for Thanksgiving. We played cards and drank Cupcake Malbec for 2 nights! One among us is a chef and he didn't complain, so I'm sticking with it!

    Dec 01, 2011 at 7:40 PM

  • "Malbec delivers a lot of drinking pleasure," says Paul Hobbs, who today is a partner in Viña Cobos in Mendoza and consults for another 14 wineries throughout Argentina. "It does well with food, but because it's full-bodied and generous in nature, it tends to drink well all by itself." Hobbs describes Malbec's typical character as having flavors of boysenberry and blueberry, with supple or satiny tannins.... Enjoy !!

    Dec 02, 2011 at 11:58 PM

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