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2014 Mendel Malbec

Winery: Mendel

Vintage: 2014

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Wine Category: Malbec

Grape blend: 100% Malbec

Region: Mendoza

State or country: Argentina

Price: $25

Cases produced: 5,500

KWG Score: 91.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: March 27, 2017

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Malbec from Mendoza opens with a fragrant black raspberry and eucalyptus bouquet with hints of blackberry, caramel and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused gentle plum with hints of faint strawberry, licorice and cocoa. The finish is dry and its flavors, acidity and tannins stick around for a while. The Panel thought this Malbec would pair nicely with a roast pork tenderloin or a skirt steak. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: The aromas of sweet French oak and espresso get more complex with every swirl of the glass, unveiling black plum, ripe raspberry, and violet aromas. The wine is full-bodied, dense, deep and chewy with flavors of black raspberry, plums, roasted herbs, and mint. This beauty could be enjoyed now with a nice ribeye steak or leg of lamb since it shows incredible balance for such a concentrated wine.

Organic status: not organic

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