Los Cardos Malbec 2008

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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.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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Dona Paula:
In 1997, the Claro Group from Chile decided to expand its wine business into Argentina to continue the group’s tradition of producing world-class wines. The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region contained the ideal and unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines. The Claro Group’s first investme... Read more
In 1997, the Claro Group from Chile decided to expand its wine business into Argentina to continue the group’s tradition of producing world-class wines. The conditions in Argentina’s Mendoza region contained the ideal and unique terroir which allow winemakers to fulfil their dreams of creating sophisticated and immaculately structured wines. The Claro Group’s first investment in the Argentine was to acquire the Ugarteche Estate. The estate encompassed approximately 140 hectares (346 acres) of old Malbec and Chardonnay vines, a requisite for producing a deep and balanced wine in the short term. The following year, the expansion continued and Tupungato Estate was obtained. The newly bought estate aided in giving the winemakers of Doña Paula a multi-faceted platform to work off. The underlying conditions showed a remarkable potential for delivering fresh, aromatic wines with high acidity, which were perfectly suited for short-cycle varieties. It took two years for the planting process to be completed, while concurrently the construction of a state-of-art winery commenced. In 1999, Doña Paula had its maiden harvest. It produced phenomenal and hugely promising results. However, due to the occasionally capricious nature of agriculture, disaster struck in the form of hail storms in 2000 and 2001, which inhibited wine production for those two years. Thus, the commercial release of Doña Paula wines onto the export market had to be delayed until the following year. After the unfortunate incidents in 2000 and 2001, Doña Paula has invested heavily in hail-proof nets     Since Doña Paula’s launch onto the international market in 2002, with its early exports going to: the United Kingdom; the United States of America and Continental Europe, the company has seen a constant and stratospheric rise in the annual sales of its wines. The successive growth records posted by Doña Paula in 2003 and 2004 caught major international and local attention, showing the firm to be a serious, emerging player in the Argentinean wine industry. Doña Paula soon developed a trademark style that consisted of a powerful complexity which was characterised by a unique fresh fruit concentration. Connoisseurs, importers and the press throughout Europe and the Americas were astounded by the distinctive savour of this wine, which ultimately led to Doña Paula receiving its first prestigious international accolade of “Value Brand of the Year” by Wine and Spirits magazine in 2004. Struggling to keep up with the demand that was placed upon Doña Paula, due to its success among customers, 2005 and 2006 saw a titanic influx of investment into the winery. The capacity of the winery was increased by another million litres in the form of stainless steel vats and a new winery was constructed on the main estate. This resulted in Doña Paula having a vat capacity of over 7 million litres. Throughout 2006 and 2007, Doña Paula acquired and fully planted two high altitude estates: Altamira (80ha.- 198 ac. Planting finish in 2006) and Gualtallary (120 ha.- 297 ac. Planting finished in 2007).The acquisition of these estates insured that Doña Paula wines consisted purely of estate-grown grapes and the end of 2006 saw Doña Paula ranked 12th out of more than 300 Argentinean wine exporters. Due to previous successes, the following years have allowed for Doña Paula to experiment with its wines and expand by diversifying the countries to which it exports. Korea, Honduras, El Salvador and Paraguay have been added to the list of nations to which Doña Paula is exported (currently, there are over 54 countries offering Doña Paula wines in restaurants and on the their shelves), and a new range was created in order to satisfy clients who wanted a unique, charming and extraordinary wine. An uncommon series of unique blends and rare varieties has culminated in the dawn of the Doña Paula premium range which incorporates: Alluvia; Salix Vineyard; Read less
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Member Reviews for Los Cardos Malbec

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Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
03/17/2010

Sweet, simple and fruity with cherry and cranberry flavors upfront. Smooth vanillin flavors throughout before a sour licorice finish on leather and cedar.


Snooth User: basilwino
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3.50 5
12/01/2009

A nice Malbec at it's price.


Snooth User: Steven Isaac
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3.00 5
01/08/2010

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.


Snooth User: wnelvrs
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2.50 5
02/03/2010

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.


Snooth User: adchick
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3.00 5
02/02/2010

Smooth smooth smooth ~ a must have in any wine cellar!

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Snooth User: WatkinsWines
3889263
0.00 5
02/20/2010

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!


Snooth User: chrismuller99
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2.00 5
04/18/2010

Two glasses


External Reviews for Los Cardos Malbec

External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Offers a good, juicy beam of raspberry and black cherry fruit, with spice and vanilla hints on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

Tasty, forward blackberry and grapey fruit flavors, with sweet spice and chocolate notes. Fresh, open finish. Drink now.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
05/18/2011

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.

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.

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