45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc & 5% Petit Verdot
Color is deep plum, like totally opaque, but a beautiful semi-translucent blackberry color at the edge of the glass.
Nose is liquor of cassis, some noticable heat from the alcohol (14.5%), plum juice, light oak.
Palate is very smooth, dusty plum, blackberry, blueberry skin, mocha, coffee bean; tannins are still grippy, finish is about 45s. Decanted about 2hrs.
Generally a very nice bottle, we bought this in March '18, just getting to it tonight finally. Very impressed by this effort, light years ahead of the entry level Balbo wines. We only ever came across this once, $35 was a solid buy, and hands down my favorite Balbo wine to date. I think this has years to go, my guess is this is peaking around 2022-2025.
24hr Update: Alcohol on the nose has dissipated, palate is a little muted today, but still can identify the same traits as yesterday. — 2 days ago
Beautiful dark ruby color with tons of fruit/jammy flavors. A bit acidic, but still quite smooth. I love how flavorful it is, wish it was just a tad less acidic, but still really good. — 6 days ago
Excellent Malbec! Seems to be a decent seller at 2 of the wine stores I shop at....will buy again. A little pricey at $18, but it's got the level of character and flavor for the money. — 12 days ago
The South American varietals are always a bit on the sweet side for me but this one has tons of flavor. Very easy. — 2 days ago
This is a remarkable and drinkable value. The Malbec is full bodied and smooth. Went well with my caprese. I will order s case at $13.99 a bottle. — 3 days ago