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NOVEMBER WINE: Malbec
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Have you tried this type of wine before?
No, never heard of it.
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No, but I have heard of it.
0%
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Yes, but I never tried it.
5%
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Yes and I tried it.
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akmoni
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the only Malbec in town!

Don Paula Malbec 2007
$12.99



Intro on bottle
“Los Cardos means "The Thistles", flowers known by their intense and surprising vivid color as well as by their sharp thorns. In the Mendoza providence, its presence is an unmistakable symbol of good terroir. Our wines are beautiful like the thistle, but in contrast to the prickly flower this wine is incredibly approachable. In an always challenging climate and submerged in a breathtaking landscape, vineyards at more than 1,000 meters above sea level receive the constant and unpredictable breeze of the Andes mountains. Just like these wines, the thistle passes through time keeping its strong presence and unique beauty.

This Malbec presents fresh, ripe berry and black berry fruits, with elegant herb and mocha flavours. There is an undercurrent of vanilla and pungent spice notes. It is rich and smooth on the palate and nicely balanced, with a hint of mint on the finish.”

My thoughts
I really liked this wine. It was very smooth and dry without any bitterness. I taste the black berry and a hint of coffee or mocha but no mint as the intro suggests. Which tickles me since I can’t stand mint to the point where I even have trouble finding toothpaste I will use!

I would definitely try it again. In fact this is my second bottle. Matt discarded the first bottle before I had time to type out what was on the label J

I think this would go well as a starter wine. It is light and even after my third glass there is no aftertaste.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job everyone. I can honestly say as a group we have some very talented wine drinkers/reviewers. Smile I hope more members join us. I think I'll have to do a newsletter on the topic soon - get everyone interested. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's our next wine??? Where's Simon....er uhm, I mean Joe??? whazzzzup, bs winos want to know LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I guess its time to choose a favoite review and choose the New Simon!! There were a lot of great reviews, but my favorite favorite was:


Qui wrote:
OK...I don't have a lot of wine knowledge...If I like it, I drink it, if I don't...I pass...
But...I can still try to learn...Bear with me as I stagger through this...

I finally took the time to go to the store and check out the Malbec.
They had 6 to choose from, from 6.99 to 19.99.
I talked to the wine guy (technical term) and he asked what I usually drink, did I like sweet, dry, in between…etc.
He explained that most have spicy fruit flavor, each has other overtones and he thought I would like the Silvertop best. It’s also his favorite…and 6.99.



The bottle says - Silvertop Malbec, Mendoza De Argentina. 2006
Planted at the foothills of the Andes, the vineyards benefit from a particular micro climate: all tear round, the snow remains on top of the Cordillera des Andes giving the impression of a “Silver Top” and producing a cooler growing season favoring the development of color and fruit flavor. Made to enjoy, this wine with spiced red plum flavor combined with this silky texture should please you at any time of the day.
What it doesn’t say, but the wine guy said, is that it also has pear notes and a hint of dark chocolate at the back.

That said, I tried it at slightly less than room temp.
It has a rather plumy aroma (nose…thank you Carol) rather like oriental plums, but the taste is not overly fruity.
It has subtle flavor…first plum, then perhaps (apple? or white grape?) followed by a touch of fresh pear topped off with the slightest hint of rich dark chocolate. Although there is a hint of spice throughout, it’s very soft and pleasant. (I can sense it but not taste it strongly enough to identify it...it almost reminds me of peppercorns, but does not taste peppery)

I had chocolate in the house, so I tried it with the wine…
I tried 2 (60%) darks…one Ghana and a Venezuelan. Neither were overly satisfactory. It overpowered the wine and the chocolate lost it's richness…
I tried malted milk balls…(doesn’t everyone have them handy?) and was very surprised to find a rich caramel finish to the wine…who knew whoppers were good with wine?…
I also tried Pepperidge Farm Milano Mint cookies. They give a very creamy finish…most pleasant.

I’d buy it again…

I do have to get down to meet Carol after the first of the year...so she can give me wine lessons... Laughing[img]


(I especially love the food (candy) wine pairings!!! Smile

OK, November Simon has posted "his" choice for Simon of December!!! Lets all congratulate Qui as the Wine Reviewer of the month!!!

SO, CONGRATS QUI!! YOU ARE THE NEW SIMON!!!! (That means you get to choose Decembers Wine Cool ) Can't wait to see what you come up with!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

great choice Simon!!!!

Can't wait to hear what she picks!

(ps. ya'll we know she's out of town, I emailed her to make sure she could get on to let us know Wink )
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay!!! I can't wait... !!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Simon Elect hasn't surfaced by the time I check this post in the am on Tuesday, the exiting Simon will post a temporary pass the time wine tasting.....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay! I mean, god forbid we get denied an excuse to drink our wine LOL
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you need a reason (which I kinda doubt...LOL) we'll just say....First day of the last month of the year Cheer!!! Bottoms UP! or is that bottles up? Razz
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO Laughing
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