Friday, March 13, 2009
DONA PAULA SHIRAZ/MALBEC 2006
My good friend and RNDC/Barkley sales rep Lou Schnier brought by about 20 wines to taste on Wednesday (reason #34 why I really love my job), and one of the tops of the flight was the Dona Paula Shiraz/Malbec 2006 from Argentina. The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: This sexy beast is a smoking red, full of vibrant red and black fruit in the nose, followed by hints of spice and oak. The flavors of red and black raspberries, dark plums, blueberries, tobacco, mocha and cinnamon abound, with juicy, jammy baked razzleberry pie flavors headed toward the lush, smoke-filled finish. It's dark and concentrated, with good tannic grip and excellent balance. Just a wonderful red clocking in under $15.