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Vivacious red with violet sparkles. A noble tear indicates its firm structure. Plum jam and raisin combined with pipe...Read more...
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Nutty oak on the nose with an early hint of tomato leaf that's followed by a bit of cocoa, dried blackberry and black currant fruit, and a touch of... Read more
Quite a young wine, so much of the flavours have yet to develop. However, there was quite a good berries hint underneath heavy oak. Read more
On its own, this wine is spicy, moderately oaky and tannic, with subtle grape notes. The high alcohol content makes this a wine with a lot of he... Read more
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Editorial Reviews for Michel Torino Don David Malbec Calchaqui Valley
Nutty oak on the nose with an early hint of tomato leaf that's followed by a bit of cocoa, dried blackberry and black currant fruit, and a touch of sun dried tomato. A bit soft in the mouth, this shows a lovely suppleness and delivers nice balanced flavors of black cherry, toasty oak, and creamy blueberry fruit, which is actually very attractive. The low acid makes this a bit ponderous. The finish is brisk and bright, with more of that attractive fresh fruit and a bit of a brighter character. Needs more lift. 86pts
Quite a young wine, so much of the flavours have yet to develop. However, there was quite a good berries hint underneath heavy oak.
On its own, this wine is spicy, moderately oaky and tannic, with subtle grape notes. The high alcohol content makes this a wine with a lot of heat. Drinking it with food mellows the oak, tannin and booziness and brings out more sweetness and fruit.
Quite good... Berries on the nose, and oakish on the palate... Might be a bit hard and dry for some though
Found most wine in the Don David line to be badly corked.
A rich body, deep flavor. Smells of vanilla and black currant. Smooth coating. Great with steak. Very very tasty.
A crummy year in Mendoza was not so bad in Salta, at least not in these mile-high vineyards. The sweet mix of pancake syrup and raspberry jam in the bouquet comes without too much depth but a very agreeable blend of prune, green plum and mixed berries, then a clean finish. (AV 87, http://argovino.com/?p=531)
medium body, strong sense of vanilla on the nose, has a moderate toasted aroma. quite high in sourness, will go good with food instead of drinking alone.
External Reviews for Michel Torino Don David Malbec Calchaqui Valley
RECOMMENDED - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 The bodega is situated in the foothills of the Andes in the Cafayate region around Salta in Northwest Argentina in one of the most scenic regions of this country. The vineyards are planted at 1,700 metres making them the highest commercial sites in the world. Cool climate plays a key part with great variations between night and day time temperatures, slowing down the ripening cycle and ensuring the development of good varietal character. The hallmark of Salta red wines is the great intensity of colour. Michel Torino is well recognised on the international market and is renowned for its excellent wine quality, elegant label design and premium presentation. Grapes : 100% Estate grown Malbec Region : Argentina / Salta / Cafayate Maker : Alejandro Pepa Notes : Plum jam and raisins combined with pipe tobacco, vanilla and toast notes dominate the nose. Fruity attack full of sweet tannins and a soft presence of cassis. Harmonious and well balanced in the mouth. Dry fruits such as almonds and nuts appear at the end giving a very pleasant finish. Serve : At room temperature with grilled meats, stews, filled pasta and spicy meat dishes ABV : 14% Suitable for Vegetarians
Bright medium ruby. Very ripe but lively aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Sweet, suave and fine-grained, with a distinctly creamy character to the dark fruit and dark chocolate flavors. Well-integrated acidity keeps this plush malbec from coming off as heavy. Finishes with ripe tannins and very good length.
While showing roasted, tomato-like aromas, this Malbec from northern Argentina also features a nose full of tobacco, earth and berry fruit. There’s acidic snap to the palate, but that only pumps up raspberry, toast and mild herbal flavors. A spicy, woody finish tastes exotic and saucy.
Very classic Mendoza malbec. Great value for the price. A perfect wine to always have around for those unannounced visitors! Check out their website below! Don David Website
Concentrated black fruit is at the center of this wine, ripe and powerful, impenetrable. Even so, a spine of acidity balances all that fruit, keeping the wine firm and tense. Serve it with ripe cheeses.
(from vines on poor rocky soil at an altitude of 6,200 feet; aged entirely in new oak, 70% French and 30% American): Saturated medium ruby. Musky, slightly high-toned aromas of blackberry, mocha, licorice and violet, lifted by a peppery nuance. At once smooth and vibrant, with strong, harmonious acidity framing the penetrating flavors of blackberry, spices, violet, licorice and herbs. Plenty of oak here but nicely supported by intense fruit. Not at all a sweet style, but finishes with suave tannins, a whiff of herbs and excellent length.
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. No ratings yet on the 2011 vintage, but the 2010 vintage received 90 points from Parker!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.
Vivacious red with violet sparkles. A noble tear indicates its firm structure. Plum jam and raisin combined with pipe tobacco, vanilla and toasted notes dominate the aromas. Very well balanced with sweet and soft tannins. Fruity, full of plum and chocolate notes. Pleasant finish.
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