Deep and juicy Malbec with aromas of violets, blackberry, coconut shavings and mineral. There’s also a cedary element to the nose and palate. Otherwise, look for full-force wild berry and cassis flavors and a smooth, clean finish. Nothing awkward or forced; Doña Paula’s best Malbec ever. Drink now through 2013.
Pure on the nose, with plenty of pop. Aromas of dark black cherry are tight and smoky, with minerality. Flavors of cola and wild-berry fruits are right on the money, and the feel is firm but deep and layered. Offers fine character and ageability. A blend of Malbec from three top vineyards; drink through 2014.
Dark, mossy and rich on the nose, with dried cheese, leather, baked character and heat that pretty much comes with the territory. The palate is smooth but not flabby, with blackberry, dark plum and chocolate flavors. Mildly herbal and long on the finish, with balance. An impressive example of blended Malbec and Syrah.
Quite intense, with blasting aromas of blackberry, coconut, cocoa and even leather and horse hide. It’s 65% Tannat and 35% Malbec, and as a whole it’s big, grabby, tight and full of blackberry and raspberry flavors that bring an herbal twist. Smoky and herbal on the finish.
The richest and most concentrated on Doña Paula’s Chards, this one has enough fruit intensity to support the oak treatment. Melon and citrus aromas lead the way, accented by light toasted-oat scents. Melon and white peach flavors flow easily across the palate, riding a rich, viscous mouthfeel. Smooth finish, nicely integrating fruit and oak.
Good value in Cabernet, blending ripe cassis with just enough weedy, tobaccoey complexities. Medium-weight, folding in hints of cedar on the midpalate. Simultaneously mouthwatering and chewy on the finish. Drink now with burgers or hold another 2–3 years and serve with roast beef.
Pronounced oak is the opening blast, and amid the shy red berry and tomato leaf aromas there are hints of leather, mint and coconut. All these scents indicate that heavy wood was thrown at the wine, so while the power and goals of the wine are admirable, it’s weighed down presently by a touch too much resin. Maybe that’ll drift with time but that’s not for sure.