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Today we are going to review a single-varietal malbec wine that has been aged for 18 months in french oak barrels – Malbec 2015 by Castel Mimí. Known for its plump, dark fruit flavors and smoky finish, malbec wines have been adored for centuries, especially by the royal houses of England and Russia. With elegant notes of plum, tobacco and a hints of violets, malbec offers a great alternative to its higher priced cabernet sauvignon, merlot or syrah wines. Malbec’s home is the famous Cahors region of France, however Argentina proved that there’s more to malbec variety than just value, as it can offer an unmatched complexity and elegance if produced in a new-world style, with a nuanced fruity character. That said, without further, let’s move on, straight to the tasting phase!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale and transparent garnet color, with hazy ruby shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and earthy flavours: ripe sour cherry, tomato leaf, redcurrant, ripe cranberry, red plum, wormwood, cherry tomato, cherry tree wood, pomegranate and black soil dust. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, anise, sweet wood and some hints of wood polish.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels lush, round and plump, with a quite fruity-woody accent. This is a fine, opulent and smooth malbec wine, as it tastes bitter-seedy and tart, with a savory-earthy and a bit acrid mouthfeel. The wine has a fair balance between fruit and oak, with a touch of alcoholic warmth showing off on the mouthfeel and velvety-elegant finale.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and an appealing, bitter-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a very lean, plump and opulent malbec wine that is a bit off its balance – a wine that is already over its prime form, as it lacks some finesse and firmness on the palate. The wine feels fruity-woody and quite savory, with overwhelming acidity and seedy tannins on the mouthfeel. This is a wine that does not require any more years of bottle ageing. Produced in a limited edition of only 9394 bottles, this wine is a rarity and we would strongly suggest to get one and pair it with meaty dishes rich in irony accents, like for example a filet mignon steak with garlic herb butter or a very rare skirt steak in order to complement all those savory-herbaceous flavours in the wine. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Malbec | 2015
grape: | malbec |
overall rating: | 90.7 |
maturity: over its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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