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2005 Mapema Malbec

Winery: Mapema

Vintage: 2005

Wine Name/Vineyard:

Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Mendoza

State or country: Argentina

Price: $20

Cases produced: 1,500

KWG Score: 91.2 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89.99-87)

Review date: September 29, 2008

Wine Review: This wine was a new winery for me and I’m glad I discovered it. This bright ruby wine is a Very Good representation of Malbec. It opens with a very pleasant black cherry like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is very smooth, balanced, with very enjoyable black cherry flavors. The finish is dry, with managed tannins that linger for quite some time. This Malbec would pair quite nicely with pasta with a beef, veal, and sausage Ragu alla Bolognese sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Intense purple color with shades of violet. Heady aromas of kirsch, cocoa, mint and exotic woods make you want to keep inhaling deeply. Red & black cherry flavors coat the palate, and the oak tannins frame the intense fruit flavors, keeping them from taking over the place! This Malbec is as good on the second day as it is on the first—if you can avoid finishing it! It is a great example of "cool weather" Malbec—it has all the spicy/fruity character of the grape, but it also has a deeper, more serious side.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Mapema 2005 Malbec.

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