Don Rodolfo Malbec 2005
Malbec from Argentina
Number 32 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!
"Top 100 Best Values of the Year"
"Cafayate's heights deliver intense sun and heat, which typically translates into rich, powerful reds. This one, however, seems to channel more of the area's cool nights in its subtle, spicy flavor. It's elegant and light, with strawberry and cherry flavors supported by firm tannins. It's impressively refined - especially at this price." --- Wine & Spirits
Don Rodolfo Winery
Argentina's major wine regions are located in the western part of the country and are seated along the base of the Andes Mountains. With one of the widest diurnal temperature variations in the world, Argentina's summers can hit as high as 104ºF and nights cooling off to 50ºF. This arid desert-like climate relies on the pollution-free water from the melted glaciers in the Andes in order to naturally irrigate each vineyard. Argentina also has some of the highest altitudes vineyards in the world, with an average altitude of 3,000 feet high.
These extreme and strenuous geographic characteristics allow Argentina's vines to really struggle and produce lower yields with higher quality and more concentrated wines.best — of Argentina's wines. Don Rodolfo is one such winery.
DR Art of the Andes wines are certified in both GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) by the internationally respected DNV-GL Corporation.
A portion of every bottle of Don Rodolfo sold is donated to support a socio-economically diverse group of aspiring Argentinean artists. With this money we are able to cover costs of their art supplies, studio time, and continual education via special workshops, artist lectures and participation in open studios.
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(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some winemakers decided it was time for Argentina to show their stuff. Better winemaking technology was brought in, new winemaking techniques were learned and good viticulture practices flourished. The result? World-class wines with unique style and variety.
Notable Facts Unlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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12 ratings, 12 with reviews
I will be purchasing this wine by the case. My husband, who prefers beer, even likes this.
Drinkable but did not live up to its high rating. Certainly affordable. A little above average but nowhere near outstanding.
Great wine value. Drank asome 24 hours after and it bloomed nicely. The depth of Malbecs is one of the reasons I have begun stockpiling.
While the wine had plenty of fruit and the price was under $10, I do not care for wines' that have a "vine" taste to it. A sense of a young vine taste to it. I felt the rating was too high.
Excellent Malbec wine. Start drinking after 30 minutes to an hour for best enjoyment.
this wine was very good.....very smoothe and had a marvelous taste....i shared it with my girl and my dad and we all thought it was excellent....esp for the price...i could drink bottle after bottle
This wine combines excellent varietal character, very complex flavors, full fruit, soft tannins and both immediate and longer term drinkability. The wine presents exceptional quality and value.
Not a bad wine, I might buy it again
Great buy! Fruit, currant and cassis, mildly tannic
Excellent wine, everyone who I shared this wine wine loved it, even my friend who doesn't like wine liked it.
My first Malbec, so I'll need to try others to make a fair assessment. It was good. I tend to like bigger reds. This was not big, but it was a nice drinking wine.
This is a very good wine with most red meats. Nothing special, but there is not much more you can expect from the price.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.