This critter wine hasn’t been consistent, but this vintage is very good. The nose is dry and a little bit woody, while the palate has roasted, fully ripe fruit backed by woodspice and chewy tannins. Some herbal character works its way into play, but overall this is recommended everyday Malbec.
This new wine comes courtesy of Bernard Portet (Clos du Val) and son, and for the most part it’s on the money. The aromas are a touch horsey to start, and the red fruit is racy more than beefy. But it has a lot of flavor, full tannins and good balance. If aired out and served with meat or stew, it won’t disappoint.
Smells baked and stalky, with more earth than fresh fruit aromas. The palate is big and grabby, with plodding tannins and lightly herbal berry flavors that yield to carob and spice on the finish. Low acidity.
The lighter-style nose that focuses on red plum and cherry is a welcome change from all of the heavy Malbecs out there, but the wine doesn’t follow through on the palate. It becomes astringent, with tastes of tomato, stewed berry and cranberry.
Smells of coffee syrup and green beans, with fudge and gamy fruit in support. Rather cloying on the palate, with a bitter, black-pepper finish. Very hard and bordering on too tough to drink. Imported by Portet Wine Selections.