2007 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec

2007 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec
Argentina, Mendoza

Wine Rating: 88

Uncorked: 2008.06.30
Wine Ministry – CTS DMin Happy Hour
Week 1, Monday, Wine No. 3

Alluring color that is a dark, inky purple – almost black. There is a bit of funk in the nose that seemed to clear after a few minutes of breathing, but right out of the bottle there was some definite artificial, almost rubbery (old tires?) aromas. Also present are dark, ripe cherries and blackberries. In the mouth there is a wash of flavors – dark fruit, ripe plum, and a bowl full of black cherries. Nice toasty mocha and a rich loamy earthiness grounded the wine. Substantial tannins – slightly bitter, and a bit of alcohol burn on the back of the throat (14.2%). The QPR (quality-to-price ratio) is very high – for under $10 it’s a bold bottle of Malbec. It’s a lot of wine for a little money – well worth the price. Still, for a few dollars more there are even better expressions to be had.

$8.99 widely available

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