Los Cardos Malbec 2012

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Finca El Alto is the largest single vineyard malbec planted in Luján de Cuyo region with 197 hectares (487 acres) planted between 1969 and .Most of the production is coming from adult vineyards trellised in double spur pruned cordon at medium to high vines density (1852 to 3636 vines per hectare).Clay soils perform good structure in the wines and this is the aim of this Estate malbec: richness, elegance, balance and bright fresh fruits aromas, all of them, capable to express the Upper Mendoza rivers sense of place. At Doña Paula the vineyards and wines have always been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.Carefully and gentle desteming with partial berries crushing with the purpose to provide fresh berry aromas.Cool pre-fermentation maceration for 2 weeks to extract primary aromas, flavours and intense colour under non-alcoholic phase.First part of the fermentation takes place under wild yeast culture and is finished inoculating selected yeast.Fermented at 25°C, keeping the freshness the wine is after racked to new, second and third use French barrels (33% of each one) where the wine is aged during 8 months before being bottled. Vintage: 2009 Region: Finca El Alto, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo Varietals: Malbec 100% Alcohol: 14.1% by vol. Acidity: 6,00 g/l (tartaric acid) Res Sugar: 2,19 g/l pH: 3.64 Notes: Intense violet colour, plums, black cherries, licorice and dried herbs basket aromas in the nose. Sweet, round and ample in the mouth with a lingering finish.

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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: madmike
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0.00 5
10/02/2013

dona paula los cardos


Snooth User: marymarchell
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 02/03/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Philip James
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 12/01/2009

A nice Malbec at it's price.


Snooth User: Steven Isaac
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 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
Vintage: 2008 02/02/2010

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

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External Reviews for Los Cardos Malbec

External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

This is fresh, simple malbec, a good example of the variety in its delightful red fruit framed by acidity, the texture light and smooth.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 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.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Juicy, with lots of cherry and red plum fruit layered with a red licorice note. Has a sweet, round finish. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Tangy and focused, with a nice mineral edge to the black currant and raspberry fruit. Racy finish let licorice and graphite notes linger. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/22/2009

Aromas of ripe plums, blackberry, blueberry, sweet tar, licorice, black pepper, mint, truffle with a hint of mocha flavors gives this malbec an expressive Argentinean character. Nice finish!


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

All hail the mighty Malbec! This grape has turned in to a powerhouse in Argentina, producing lusty wines with both ample fruit and earthiness. A true crowd pleaser!


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/30/2010

Dona Paula Malbec Estate 2008 and all other premium wine from Dona Paula available at discounted prices at CheaperCigars.com. We also carry many other premium wine lables from Argentina and all over the world.


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Finca El Alto is the largest single vineyard malbec planted in Luján de Cuyo region with 197 hectares (487 acres) planted between 1969 and .Most of the production is coming from adult vineyards trellised in double spur pruned cordon at medium to high vines density (1852 to 3636 vines per hectare).Clay soils perform good structure in the wines and this is the aim of this Estate malbec: richness, elegance, balance and bright fresh fruits aromas, all of them, capable to express the Upper Mendoza rivers sense of place. At Doña Paula the vineyards and wines have always been managed using Sustainable Agriculture practices.Carefully and gentle desteming with partial berries crushing with the purpose to provide fresh berry aromas.Cool pre-fermentation maceration for 2 weeks to extract primary aromas, flavours and intense colour under non-alcoholic phase.First part of the fermentation takes place under wild yeast culture and is finished inoculating selected yeast.Fermented at 25°C, keeping the freshness the wine is after racked to new, second and third use French barrels (33% of each one) where the wine is aged during 8 months before being bottled. Vintage: 2009 Region: Finca El Alto, Ugarteche, Luján de Cuyo Varietals: Malbec 100% Alcohol: 14.1% by vol. Acidity: 6,00 g/l (tartaric acid) Res Sugar: 2,19 g/l pH: 3.64 Notes: Intense violet colour, plums, black cherries, licorice and dried herbs basket aromas in the nose. Sweet, round and ample in the mouth with a lingering finish.

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