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ESTATE BLEND MALBEC/CABERNET SAUVIGNON/PETIT VERDOT 2014 Mendoza
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer LOS HAROLDOS
If you believe that a $14.95 recently bottled repeat Malbec from Argentina is actually worthy of 96-points, then stop reading now! Very deep intense purple colour. Slightly spicy, cedary, juicy, ripe cherry-plum nose with some faint herbal notes. Dry, medium bodied, tangy, slightly spicy, apple-plum-cherry flavours with a lingering, high acid, gently cedary finish. This ready-to-drink quaffer is a blend of 60% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot that was aged in oak for 6 months. THIS REPEAT has 13.5% alcohol and 5 g/L residual sugar with NEW LOT NUMBER L2211/2017 on the back label. Not quite up to when it last appeared in Vintages (**) on August 5, 2017 at $14.95 and was an Explorer Selection. As for the dated 96-point rating appearing in the Vintages Catalogue, my colleague David Lawrason says it best: “Decanter's ratings pollution is a disservice to you the consumer and the LCBO is complicit by purchasing this wine based on that rating.” TONY ASPLER / 87.5-points - Cedary, spicy black fruit bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, firm with lively acidity and a tannic finish. CSPC 512202
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Man Fin
Country Argentina
Region
Rating *+/**(87 points)
Tangy, Spicy, Apple-Plum
LCBO Note Status
TASTING NOTE: The addition of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot to the blend works brilliantly, bringing complexity and class. The nose is elegant, loaded with cassis, plum, violet, spicy and peppery notes and leads on to a full-bodied palate with a pure fruit expression and fine tannins. Finishes long. Score - 96 (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2016) Price $ 14.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - April 28, 2018
Cases bought 1089 (12 bottles per case)

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