Ripe blackberry, cassis and refined wood are the key aromas on this fruit-forward, slightly grapy Malbec that’s full and jammy on the palate, with big, bold flavors of boysenberry, chocolate and spices. There’s not a ton of nuance to this bruiser, which finishes with toast and chocolate flavors and a rich residual…— M.S.
Very impressive for a blend of Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot. Starts with a rich, bacony nose that brings cassis and blackberry, while the palate is saturated, big and layered, with wild raspberry, chocolate and spice flavors. It touches all the bases while maintaining a rich, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Drink now…— M.S.
The nose offers a fine mix of floral berry, dusty earth and classic Malbec richness, while the palate is juicy, balanced and tastes of cassis, blackberry, fresh plum, cracked pepper and baking spices. Full and long on the finish, and overall it’s right where you want it to be. Drink now through 2011.— M.S.
Tight and deep, with leather, dried cheese and full berry aromas. The palate is jammy and lush in feel, with roasted, mile-deep berry and licorice flavors. A fine Malbec that’s easy to drink and black in style; the finish runs long and solid as berry fruit and toasty oak hold court. Drink now through 2013.— M.S.
There’s lovely berry fruit on the nose, palate and finish of this nicely made Malbec. In the mouth, pinching tannins bolster red berry and vanilla flavors. The finish tastes much the same; drink this clean, pure red through 2016.— M.S.
Sweet on the bouquet, with aromas of coffee, mocha, berry jam and cherry extract. Broad and saturated on the palate, with ripe blackberry, cassis and chocolaty flavors. Finishes smooth and easy, with ripe tannins. Very nice but ordinary as full-bodied, extracted Malbecs go.— M.S.
Bold and earthy wine, with aromas of fine rubber, balsam wood, forest floor, spice and ripe black fruit. It’s thick as it rolls over the palate, and the wild berry, herb and pepper flavors fit the wine’s physique and profile. Long and fairly deep on the finish; drink now through 2011.— M.S.
Herbal scents blend with sweeter aromas of red licorice candy and red-berry fruits. This is rich and a touch syrupy in feel, with flavors of green herbs and plum offset by oak and molasses. On the finish, varietal notes of pimiento and bell pepper enter the fray.— M.S.