Tinto Negro Malbec 2010
This malbec smells like sour berries, wood, and unsweetened cocoa. It tastes surprisingly savory, almost like a beef broth at first, complete with the carrot, celery, and bay leaf flavoring. It’s pretty dry with that brothy undertone. Medium-bodied, clove and star anise spices burn on the aftertaste. However, the most dominant element is cherry right before ripening, with just a little sourness left. There’s a richer fruit taste that contributes to that textural mix, but it’s fast and doesn’t linger. Perhaps it’s persimmon.
I know that sounds like a weird mix, but as long as it aerates a bit, this wine comes together nicely. Each of those notes flits through so fast, it keeps you hopping.
Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:
Grade = Amazing. WTF!?! Holy crap, this is a monster! Almost black, like squid ink with its dark fruits, bold spices, dark chocolate, truffle and espresso bean undertones, it is unctuous, smoky, and just a whole lotta wine, and under $10 to boot. Buy this one by the case!
Tinto Negro’s 2010 Malbec is rich, ripe and complex. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum are intertwined nicely with notes of spice, cedar, earthly tones. Well balanced, medium bodied, should be decanted for 30 minutes. Very good value at $10.
Aromas of blackberries and minerals with an interesting grapey component that comes through followed by hits of green tobacco. Very plush on the front of the palate with notes of blackberries and currants. The mid-palate shows a little alcohol spike with notes of black tea coming through. Finishes with hits of brown sugar, a little spice, and char. A little one dimensional and soft. Some will like this effort, but with the abundance of choices in this price range with many showing better and more complex, I suggest you try something else. 87 points.
Reviewed 2 July 12.by