On the nose, it shows red and black fruit that is reminiscent of cherries and plums. A floral character brings in violet aromas to create layers of complexity. It is concentrated and juicy, yet very elegant in the mouth with sweet, velvety tannins. And edge of acidity makes it very fresh with a long and very persistent finish.
Wine Spectator 91 points - Red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, spices, vanilla and menthol are enlivened by notes of herbs and pepper. Juicy, moderately dense and sweet, with a light touch to its straightforward flavors of medicinal dark fruits, licorice and menthol. Boasts a light touch but falls down a bit on the back end, finishing with a note of cough medicine. In need of more verve. -- Stephen Tanzer
DOMAINE RUCA MALEN 2011 RUCA MALEN MALBEC RESERVA
"A big-shouldered red, with plenty of muscle behind the well-structured dark plum, blackberry and tobacco leaf flavors. Creamy midpalate, featuring a dense core of mushroom and savory herbal notes. Finishes with plenty of grip. Drink now through 2020." Kim Markus Wine Spectator 91 points
|Pairs well with grilled red meats, as well as empanadas and rice dishes.