Crush of the Week: Melipal Malbec Reserve 2005

May 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm (Crush of the Week) (, , , )

This week we tasted the Melipal Malbec Reserve 2005 and enjoyed its Intense ruby red with some bluish, almost black, tinges. Mature red fruit, black currants, cooked plums, white chocolate, smoke and spices. Pleasant sweet tannins, full-bodied and long persistent finish.  The Wine Spectator found it to be “concentrated but very fresh, with tasty raspberry and blackberry fruit backed by briar and sweet spice notes. There’s solid grip on the finish. Drink now through 2010.”
Melipal is a very new winery that exports to the US almost exclusively.  Excellent! More for us here in the states and this is definitely a bodega to watch. The property is situated in the hail danger zone of Agrelo, with Susana Balbo and Pedro Marchevsky’s Dominio del Plata on one side and Ruca Malen on the other.  Its run by the young couple Santiago and Clarissa Santamaria. They’re based in Buenos Aires where Clarissa is studying design (she designed the labels) and the wines are made by an Italian winemaker and a local agronomist. See their website for some more details.

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