TintoNegro Malbec 2012, Mendoza Argentina 

My Rating 80 Points.   

Price $16. 

Cloudy ruby in color with medium intensity and a brick rim.

Nice nose of blueberries, cranberries, cherries, black currants, earth, wood, leather, bell pepper, tobacco, pencil lead, forest floor, licorice, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium bodied with high acidity and long long legs.

Tart on the palate with cranberries, pomegranates, sour raspberries, dirt, wood, bitter vegetables, green herbs, spices, green beans and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and sour cranberries.

This 5 year old Malbec, is on its way out. I’m kind of disappointed, actually. I had the 2013 over a year ago and it felt like it needed a couple of years in the bottle. This is kind of flat and lost the fruits and tannins, but kept a lot of the acidity. Unbalanced and very earthy with a soft mouthfeel.

Needs a couple of hours in a decanter to open up.

Grapes are grown at 4000 feet elevation, and aged for 9 months in French oak barrels.

14% alcohol by volume.


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