2009 Gauchezco “Plata” Malbec

Very light violet aromas float over blueberries and vanilla on a slightly reticent nose. There is no reticence on the palate, as this opens with lush berries, blueberry and elderberry, vanilla, cloves, and violets. Vanilla and cloves show more on the mid-palate, with fruit sweetening to pure blueberry. A bit of heat hints that the 14% alcohol on the label might be conservative by half a percent. The overall feel is very lush, with silky tannins, moderate acids, and a long finish that ends where it started, with violets lingering. Well-priced for the quality, drink this and spend the money you saved on prime filet to match. Highly recommended. DH.

WHO: Gauchezco
WHAT: Malbec
WHERE: Mendoza, Argentina
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $24.99 (media sample)

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