The wine is quite dark as one would expect from a Malbec, mild on the nose. On the mid pallet out of the bottle the wine is quite alcohol forward which is to be expected it’s 14%. A quick trip through the decanter for 1 hour made a huge difference. The fruit starts to come through nicely. The wine seems a bit young I think. Once the alcohol is out of the way the wine reveals a smooth well balanced wine with some dark fruits. This is not the best Malbec on the planet, but for $12.95 it’s not a bad deal either. I would personally give it an 88 or so. I’m never fond of alcohol forward wines.
From the LCBO web site:
MAIPE MALBEC 2008 Mendoza Andean Culture (Proviva) TASTING NOTE: The 2008 Malbec is a glass-coating purple color with a striking perfume of violets black cherry and black raspberry. Exhibiting surprising complexity for its price category the wine has gobs of fruit savory flavors and excellent depth and length. It is an outstanding value for drinking over the next 3-4 years. Score – 90. (Jay Miller www.erobertparker.com Dec. 2008) 93823 $12.95