Ricardo Santos Malbec 2009

argentine wine  %tages Ricardo Santos Malbec 2009Ricardo Santos is one of those brands that doesn’t do a lot of marketing, and doesn’t do a lot of storytelling.  Which means it’s a brand that we just don’t know much about, additional than what the wines tell us.
Last year, we reviewed the 2008 Ricardo Santos malbec and we weren’t blown away by it.  But the 2009 has opened our eyes as to what this producer really has to offer.

The nose of this malbec is lively and fascinating, with aromas of black cherry, blueberry, mocha and tobacco.  It’s all very harmonious too, which is vital.  The palate is tasty, with juicy plum and black cherry flavors up front, followed by a spicy mid-palate and long end.  The mouthfeel is nice, and the acidity is just right.
Putting the fancy descriptors aside, the equation that matters here is lively+fascinating+harmonious+tasty = a really nice malbec.
Wine: Ricardo Santos
Variety: Malbec
Vintage: 2009
Alcohol: 13.9%
Rating: 90
Fee: $19.00

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