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.by