Sunday, December 30, 2012

Michel Torino Estate Don David Malbec Reserve 2009

I thought I was finished posting reviews for 2012, but I received a bottle of wine for a Xmas gift from a good friend and a one time submitter to Why Wine Blog. I opened the wine on Saturday with a tray full of veggies and cheese bits and sat down to watch Syracuse University football (The Pinstripe Bowl) followed by SU basketball.  A few sips and I realized I should have saved this wine for an exquisite dinner of lamb, roasted chicken or a savory beef tenderloin.
Aromas were filled with dark cherry, black currants, plum and hints of toast and smoked ham.  On the palate there were flavors of black cherry, blackberry and vanilla with black pepper. I waited about two hours until I poured a second glass.  The aromas were softer and the black pepper in the mouth gave way to a softer spice.  The finish was long, dry with some pepper and spice.
Entrance Michel Torino Estate
This is the first Argentinian Malbec that I tasted outside of Mendoza.  The vineyards of Michel Torino are located at the high altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level in the Cafayate Valley and Calchaqui Valley in NW Argentina.  The vines benefit from a very special climate with clean Andean air, warm sunny days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to reach perfect maturity while retaining vivid fruit flavors. The estate practices sustainable, environmentally friendly farming by minimizing the use of fertilizers and chemicals in the vineyard and winery.
You can find this wine on-line or at many local wine shops between $12 and $15, making this wine an outstanding value.  Very Highly Recommended
p.s. Thank you Mark, you win this years wine exchange. 

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