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Michel Torino Malbec 2009

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This wine comes from the Bodega El Esteco winery in the Salta province of Argentina. The winery was created in 1892 under the name Michel Torino Bros La Rosa Wineries. In 1994, it was sold to Félix Lávaque, a winemaker who in turn sold it to a Swiss group that gave the company the image it has today: a premium winemaker. The Coleccion Malbec has distinct plum aromas typical of this variety, that are enhanced by oaky notes. This wine has generous spicy and fruity flavours, good body and well integrated soft tannins that give a round finish. The nose is intensely aromatic with a presence of plums and cherries like cassis. This Malbec is easy to drink and very enjoyable and would be fantastic with steak and other grilled meats.

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Michel Torino:
The Winery was founded in 1892 when the French brothers David and Salvador, planted the first vines. They were attracted by the benign climate, the beauty of the landscape and Cafayate Valley unique Terroir, good for quality grapes production. The winery took it's name from the legend of El Esteco City. According to this tale, Esteco was an opulent city in the north of Argentina. Its building... Read more
The Winery was founded in 1892 when the French brothers David and Salvador, planted the first vines. They were attracted by the benign climate, the beauty of the landscape and Cafayate Valley unique Terroir, good for quality grapes production. The winery took it's name from the legend of El Esteco City. According to this tale, Esteco was an opulent city in the north of Argentina. Its buildings, covered with silver shone and its people dressed in gold. In 1692 an earthquake buried the city and his its treasures. In the late 1970's the company bought the El Esteco estate and recovered the hidden treasure. We discovered the riches came from the soil. In honour to the legend, El Esteco produces the best grapes used for Michel Torino top export wines. Read less

External Reviews for Michel Torino Malbec

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
03/23/2010

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 while the white wines, Torrontes in particular, are fresh and appealing. Michel Torino is well recognised on the international market and is renowned for its excellent wine quality, elegant label design and premium presentation. Grape Variety: 100% Malbec Growing Area: Michel Torino's own vineyards at an of 1,700m above sea level, in the...


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
08/10/2011

Pair with BBQ ribs, gamey venison or roasted peppers. This malbec is a mouthfull of plums, raisins, vanilla and tobacco. Great balance and a perfect partner for dinner tonight.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

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 ** Only 4 in Stock **


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Smooth and consistent Malbec from Cafayate is what Michel Torino is all about. Don David is a higher-aiming effort, and while it shows a touch of northern Argentinarsquo;s herbal, sun-affected characteristics, itrsquo;s also a well-balanced, formulaic Malbec that hits all the markers: good color, nice body, friendly tannins and plenty of oak.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Seventy percent of the 2005 Malbec ldquo;Don Davidrdquo; was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It is dark ruby/purple in color with aromas of cedar, tobacco, leather, black cherry and blackberry. It has excellent depth, richness, and length. Already offering some complexity, the wine will evolve for several more years and drink well through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

From the deep color to the volume of tannins, everything about this wine is concentrated and strong. While the structure is massive, it leaves plenty of room for sweet, juicy black fruit.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
07/12/2011

The 2007 Don David Malbec was aged in French and American oak for 12 months. It reveals notes of cedar, spice box, mineral, black cherry and black raspberry in its excellent nose. On the palate it offers elegance, spicy flavors, excellent balance and a lengthy finish. It is a very good value.


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This wine comes from the Bodega El Esteco winery in the Salta province of Argentina. The winery was created in 1892 under the name Michel Torino Bros La Rosa Wineries. In 1994, it was sold to Félix Lávaque, a winemaker who in turn sold it to a Swiss group that gave the company the image it has today: a premium winemaker. The Coleccion Malbec has distinct plum aromas typical of this variety, that are enhanced by oaky notes. This wine has generous spicy and fruity flavours, good body and well integrated soft tannins that give a round finish. The nose is intensely aromatic with a presence of plums and cherries like cassis. This Malbec is easy to drink and very enjoyable and would be fantastic with steak and other grilled meats.

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