2013 Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec, San Juan, Argentina
This Argentinian Malbec comes in a rather dark red color with both purple and orange hues to it, therefore looking both young (purple) and a little evolved (the orange are first signs of a wine getting more mature). Not looking overly-dark or rich, but rather quite bright.
The nose is mainly meaty, a little animal, it smells a little like a juicy piece of steak, a good entrecote perhaps. Give it a little time to open up and decant half an hour prior to serving if you can.
This will leave more room to the spicy pepper, touches of bell pepper, and cassis fruit characters, that are detectable here, to be expressed more frankly.
The palate is very smooth dominated by a solid acidity for this type of big red wine. Tannins are very soft and not overpoweringly dense. They add a granulous feel to the finish, while feeling velvety and quite lose on the palate.
Round body and explosive ripe plum fruit characters, as well as dark cherry to cherry liqueur flavors.
It’s powerful, spicy and very juicy to the finish making you salivate positively from the peppery notes together with the liqueur-ish flavors.
But this power somewhat feels controlled and elegant with layers of complexity helped by a good dose of oaky notes that are well integrated.
A powerful and juicy Malbec that seems to control and restrain its own power to deliver progressively: an experience of soft tannins, characterful acidity, and a complex oaky, spicy, fruity, and more importantly meaty feel. Well-made and complex with a balanced range of primary, secondary and already tertiary (from ageing) characters.
Great to drink now, or within 5 years for even further spicy and savory notes.
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