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Malbec Don David 2009

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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

  • Score: 87 Points

    Wine Image The Wine Advocate Author: Jay Miller
    Date: Sunday, January 1, 2012

    "The 2009 Don David Malbec received the same elevage as the Cabernet. It sports an alluring nose of cedar, spice box, lavender, underbrush, and black cherry, leading to an elegantly-styled, friendly, crowd-pleaser of a Malbec. It, too, is a good value that will provide enjoyment over the next 3-4 years."

  • Wine Image Real Simple Author: Jessica Shapiro
    Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    "Balanced and medium bodied, Malbec is lush and complex and perfect for wintry weather. Tastes like blackberry and plum combined with mocha and Velvety vanilla."

    Grade: Best Wines for Thanksgiving
  • Wine Image Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 Author: Unlisted
    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011

    "Rich, floral ripe blackcurrant, pencil lead notes, plum, beetroot and roasted parsnip."

    Grade: Bronze Medal

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