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Malbec Don David 2008

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The Don David range are the flagship wines of the Michel Torino estate named in homage to the winery founder David Michel.

Terroir: Each selection in the Don David range is sourced from entirely estate owned vineyards throughout the Cafayate Valley. Vineyards sit at elevations well above 3,000 feet with many sitting above 6,000 feet. The power of the sun at these elevations combined with very little moisture or pests leads to wines of unique purity and concentration.

Vinification: Concentration and varietal expression are the goals of both the red and white wines in this range. The red wines undergo a 5 hour thin covering maceration which extracts additional concentration followed by more than a week of cold maceration in steel tank and 9 months in the cellars in a combination of French and American oak.

The flagship red varietal of Argentina. This wine shows plum, red fruits, spicy black cherries and cassis with toasted oak notes on the nose and palate. Ripe fruit and linear acidity balance strong but soft, ripe tannins.

Vintage Notes

Displaying expressive plum jam, raisin and pipe tobacco aromas, with toasty vanilla notes, the wine has balanced, spicy dark fruits and cassis, almond and nutty notes on the long finish.

Varietal: Malbec: 100%

Recent Press

  • Wine Image Newsday Author: Peter G. Gianotti
    Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    "Plummy, toasty and balanced, this is a meaty red from Argentina."

  • Wine Image Gabes View ( Author: Gabe Sasso
    Date: Monday, April 18, 2011

    "Dark, dense fruit aromas fill the nose of this Malbec. Blackberry and blueberry are of particular note. Dried dark fruit flavors including plum are prominent throughout the palate along with a bevy of spice notes led by vanilla bean and clove. This wine has a particularly juicy middle which continues to the finish where kirsch liqueur emerges along with earth and sweet, dark chocolate notes. Excellent acidity keeps things in check here.

    This Malbec from Michael Torino is an excellent example of the varietal. Its delicious on its own and will pair well with full flavored foods. As I mentioned above its particularly well suited to grilled meats. However you decide to drink it youll find that this wine is a really solid value. If youre a Malbec fan already heres a good one to add to your list to try. If youre new to Malbec this release from Michael Torino is a great place to start."

  • Wine Image Food Republic ( Author: Maureen C. Petrosky
    Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

    "When it comes to Malbecs the word "reserva" really does indicate a noticeable difference in your mouth. You'll get a wine that is more balanced, often richer and smoother. This one is plummy, it's spicy, and has a non-stop finish."

    Grade: 6 Malbecs Under $20
  • Wine Image Miami Herald Author: Fred Tasker
    Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011

    "hint of oak, flavors of black currants and coffee, with firm tannins"

    Grade: Recommended
  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image International Wine Cellar Author: Stephan Tanzer
    Date: Saturday, January 1, 2011

    "Red Ruby. Black cherry candy, currant and licorice on the nose. Juicy dark fruit flavors come across as a bit tanky today but nonetheless easy to drink, with good juicy acidity giving the wine a light touch. this relies more on its acidity than on its tannins for structure."

  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
    Date: Friday, October 1, 2010

    "Deeply colored, spice box, plum, and black cherry aromas; layered and succulent, lengthy."

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