Michel Torino Don David la Maravilla Malbec 2010
Like the intense chocolate nose, and sweet plums
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The 2010 Don David Reserve Malbec sees 12 months in American and French oak. It has an understated nose of espresso and black plum fruit that is well-defined and offers smoky notes with aeration. The palate is well-balanced on the entry, with sappy black cherry and cassis fruit, admirable weight and a sense of symmetry and focus towards the composed finish. For the price, this is a classy Malbec worthy of a weekend treat rather than weekday quaffing. Drink now–2017.
Good bright medium ruby. Blackberry, menthol and violet on the nose. Juicy, saline and nicely concentrated, with a chewy quality to the flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Nicely tactile wine with a firmly tannic, persistent finish. Good value.
Cafayate Valley, ArgentinaDon David Malbec Reserve is our latest wine gem from Argentina, from Michel Torino. With over 1500 acres of vineyards standing at 5500-6600 feet above sea level, Michel Torino is the most important winery in the Cafayate Valley of Argentina. Steve Tanzer rated this 2010 vintage 89 points, calling it a good value!Brothers Salvador and David Michel founded the winery in 1892, 22 years after discovering the Cafayate as an area suitable for fine wine production. The Cafayate Valley averages 330-340 sunny days per year, and has low humidity and a great thermal range, with evenly warm days (82 degrees) and cool nights (54 degrees). Irrigation is mandatory, as only 3-6 inches of rain fall per year.All of the Michel Torino wines are hand-harvested in the estate's own vineyards. Additionally, Andrs Hy, Torino's production manager, practices sustainable, environmentally- friendly farming by minimizing the use of fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard. The unique Cafayete climate manifests itself in the elegant, focused profile of Michel Torino's wines. These are wines with an indelible sense of place, wines which complement food rather than overpower, wines which are true to their origin.Grapes are carefully chosen from Michel Torino's own estate, in the 'La Coleccion' vineyard. The vineyard rests in the province of Salta in Cafayate Valley, at an altitude of 5600 ft. above sea level. The grapes are stemmed and crushed with a roller system. Fermentation is done with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures of 82-86F. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 12 months in oak barrels of first to fifth use (60% American, 40% French).Don David Malbec Reserve is a rich red with full body and flavors of blackberry, plum, black raspberry, cedar and spice. Enjoy it over the next 10-12 years with roast beef, grilled meats, venison, roasts, and BBQ ribs.
Ripe and intense, this makes an immediate impression with its strength, as if it were showing everything it has, all at once. Its flavors touch on figs and walnuts, its texture ample and firm. Overall, it has the feeling of a winter wine, intended for a dish like braised beef with mushrooms. Dark, earthy and smoky up front, this has notes of cola, lead pencil and moss that are distinct to Cafayate. Full in feel, this has high acidity, with flavors of mossy, herbal black fruits. Bold, earthy and individual in character. A fresh red, with layered flavors of blackberry coulis, raspberry ganache and plum skin. Fine tannins add heft to the nuanced, minerally finish. Following the excellent Reserva Malbec with the 2010 Don David Finca La Maravilla No. 6 Malbec, I must confess that I was a little disappointed. The aromatics are riper than the 2010 Reserva Malbec, with a pleasant stalky note infusing the dark blackberry fruit, yet it seems a little light. The palate is medium-bodie...
This Malbec has elegant and pronounced varietal characters. The wine shows distinct plum aromas, with cherry, rosemary and chocolate notes. With sweet fruit and firm tannins, the wine has cassis, vanilla and spiced, dark berry fruit on the palate, with a long finish. Pair this with hearty meats and strong flavored dishes. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **
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