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I recall the first Malbec I ever tasted, Dona Paula from the 2004 vintage.  We drank it in an Argentinian Steak house in Anchorage, Alaska.  In fact it was so good that we finished their whole stock that night (there were 10 of us after all).  I have since been a fan and have tasted numerous other vintages.  I just bought two bottles of the 2011 vintage and enjoyed one of them with some cheese and nuts.  It begs for a steak though.

Brooding dark purple in the glass it reveals plums and black fruits on the nose.  The flavor profile is very similar with a thick core of purple plums and some black tea.  The wine is well priced at $12 per bottle yet drinks like a far pricier offering.  The tannins are gentle yet present, giving way to a juicy acidity.  The wine finishes nicely with elegance and balance.  This Malbec needs a New York strip or Sirloin, something gamey yet not too fatty to bring out its fruitiness.  Bang for the buck this is a good steak wine that won’t disappoint.  I am going with 88 points and 5 stars.  Salut….

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