Los Cardos Malbec 2008
At Doña Paula, they believe that wine should be a tru expression of the land. The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region are ideal, with unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines. The Doña Paula Estate wines are wines of tremendous concentration and varietal character that result from the work, dedication and skill of the winegrowers and the passion, creativity and innovation of the wine makers. The wines are big-bodied and bold, yet lively, complex and elegant. The Estate Malbec is an intense violet colour, with plum, black cherry, licorice and dried herb basket aromas on the nose. It is sweet, round and ample in the mouth with a beautiful lingering finish.
Sweet, simple and fruity with cherry and cranberry flavors upfront. Smooth vanillin flavors throughout before a sour licorice finish on leather and cedar.
A nice Malbec at it's price.
Great front end. Good to lightly sip. The back end falls off a cliff in taste for me. It's got a strong acidity in the back pallet if you take too much in at once. But again good flavors and overall a good Wedensday night wine.
This was an okay malbec. It is still awfully young and the tannins come through pretty strongly, but the flavor is nice with a hint of spice and the finish is moderate.
Smooth smooth smooth ~ a must have in any wine cellar!
Recently started getting into Malbec. I hear if it's Bodega, it's better. However, I purchased the Dona Paula since the package store down the road, doesn't have a great selection! To my surprise, I LOVED IT! The best part is, you have one glass and it feels like two! Literally! This is a great buy at a good price. I usually feel the more pricey, the better. But the taste is exceptional. I like the hint of chocolate and yes, where it is young, definitely a good all around purchase!
External Reviews for Los Cardos Malbec
Full, bright red. Red berries, tobacco, mocha and wild herbs on the nose, with a lightly stewed note that reminded me of a wine from Mediterranean France. Then supple, juicy and reasonably fresh, with red berry and spice flavors showing modest complexity and delineation. Possesses decent sweetness and intensity.
Offers a good, juicy beam of raspberry and black cherry fruit, with spice and vanilla hints on the finish. Drink now.
Los Cardos means "the thistle," and thistles indicate the presence of good terroir in Mendoza. Like the thistle, this wine has beautiful color, but unlike the thistle, it is approachable and elegant. Flavors of raspberry, blackberry and mocha, seasoned with vanilla and spice notes, are balanced by a smooth finish.
Tasty, forward blackberry and grapey fruit flavors, with sweet spice and chocolate notes. Fresh, open finish. Drink now.
Open and inviting, with blueberry pudding, blackberry fruit and sweet vanilla caressing the finish. Jammy. Comes straight at you, but very tasty. Drink now through 2003.
Brilliant purply-violet color with fresh blackberry and violets on the nose. Syrup-slow legs on the glass, this Malbec enters the palate lush and ripe, with blueberry compote and toasted oak flavors.
Big and fruity, and for the most part holds together and exhibits more good qualities than its faults. The flavor profile drives full-bodied black fruit and a finish that cuts out quietly. Not over the top in any way.
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Per bottle label: With a deep and clean violet colour, this Malbec offers a particularly elegant and complex new world wine style. On the nose it combines raspberry, cassis, floral and spicy notes, along with mineral and smoke flavours. On the palate, it is rich and harmonious, with a lingering, fleshy finish.
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