It’s been so long now, that I cannot remember how Eleni and I became fascinated with Mendoza’s Ricardo Santos and his wines. But in any case, this bottle of Malbec from the 2006 vintage had been waiting for a comparative tasting of aging, mid-priced Argentine Malbecs that never happened. It was finally time to open and enjoy it.
My immediate impression was that the 2006 was a well-made, perfectly aged Malbec. The dark, saturated garnet had just started to develop some brick tones. The nose was very concentrated, with lots of black cherry, dried fruit, and dusty earthy. On the palate, black olive, coffee, and tobacco emerged. Notes of cherry and coffee were held in the lingering finish. Medium minus tannins and acidity. Overall this wine is elegant, delicious, and seamless, and drinking perfectly right now.
Purchased in 2011 at McKinlay’s Liquors for about $18.