Dona Paula Estate Malbec 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Intense red color with violet hues. Complex aromas with ripe plums, blackberry, blueberry, sweet tar, licorice, black pepper, mint, truffle with a hint of mocha flavors, giving an expressive and typical Argentinean character. It has sweet and smooth tannins, nice body with supple and long finish.
Wine Spectator - "Dark and winey, with warm currant paste, cocoa powder and Turkish coffee notes backed by solid grip on the fleshy finish. Nice hint of grilled sage adds dimension too. Drink now through 2009."
Dona Paula Winery
Located in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza Argentina, Dona Paula is an estate winery, producing wines from Dona Paula's own vineyards in the winegrowing regions of Mendoza. Dona Paula's history began in 1990, when a period of exhaustive research on the different Argentinean terroirs and their potential to fully express each varietal began. Dona Paula acquired its first vineyard in 1997 in Ugarteche, Lujan de Cuyo, a region in the foothills of the Andes Mountains that is famous for its Malbec. In 2002, Dona Paula began exporting into the US, UK and the Netherlands, and is now one of the leading Argentinean wineries that exports premium wines; with 97% of the winery's production exported to more than 60 countries. View all Dona Paula Wines
Notable FactsUnlike 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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- 4 Stars: 12
- 3 Stars: 8
- 2 Stars: 1
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21 ratings, 18 with reviews32/20/2009This wine is very good and at $10.99 a bottle, it is tough to beat. Impoved after breathing for 30 min or so. Some of my snooty (wine) friends thought it was very good and thought that it was more expensive than it was..Ha!Drinking Wine In CO - Colorado Springs, CO41/30/2009Had this wine last night with some bbq chicken. Very nice. Great mouth feel...round and full. Flavors were expressive. Can't wait to have more.Superdaddy - Roslyn, NY412/2/2008Great Wine. I love Malbec's.42/16/2009Soft on the palate, full of fruit, and very intense/deep coloration. And at the price, an excellent value. We intend to stock up on this one. It's a keeper!Ramon Roman - Houston, TX43/13/2010Kim Wooding - Springfield, VA45/22/201049/28/2011Sho Morimoto - Washington, DC34/14/2009While a little hard-edged, this full-flavored malbec tastes of dark berries and has a (very) slightly spicy finish. Decent Mendoza malbec for the price.Lee Tagai - Lexington, MO47/28/2009This wine was smooth and very dry.TwistedCork - Salida, CO46/23/2009Held an unscientific wine tasting with 5 budget 90 point rated wines and this was the consensus winner among the 50 people at the tasting.SumGuy - Folsom, CA47/3/2009Very drinkable Malbec from Argentina. Would definitely buy again.pscrl - Irving, TX34/12/2009Decant, decant, decant. In my short experience as a wine indulger i have noted the indispensable action of decanting. This otherwise lackluster wine turned perfectly fun with food and time to get some air.33/6/2009Title was borrowed from another site, but is consistent with my impression. Relatively inexpensive but Alamos malbec is even less costly and I enjoyed it as much (although my son said there was bottle variation within a case). For not much more there are better malbecs. I do not have as good a nose as whoever said "Complex aromas with ripe plums, blackberry, blueberry, sweet tar, licorice, black pepper, mint, truffle with a hint of mocha flavors, giving an expressive and typical Argentinean character." I wonder how anyone can detect so much in one wine? I can agree with WS review except rating. Not 90, but very good and should be enjoyable with BBQ, pizza, and probalby hamburger.311/7/2008I thnk I drank it too young, but I drank a half a bottle so it could not have been THAT bad! Had it with a mesquite grilled beef tenerloin and some grilled green peppers and a slice of toasted organic whole wheat slathered in butter. 2006 was the vintage, I should have kept it a couple of years but I was craving a malbec!Donald - Boston, MA34/7/2009Austere, yet enough fruit to balance. Great wine for the $311/13/2009Very good43/6/2009Great Malbec for the price. Already ordered more!Frank Marangell - Manchester, MA411/16/2008This Malbec did not disappoint. It was full body, full of fruit with low tannens. It drinks very wel right now. A great wine for the price.23/6/2009This wine was very bland and not much appealing about this wine. Not one I would purchase again.lmusgrove - Dallas, TX46/15/2009I have not always been a fan of malbecs, but I found this Dona Paula an exception. Agree with another reviewer that it should first be decanted. Would purchase again.KWalker - Leesburg, VA34/1/2009Only had the first bottle of six I purchased. First impression is that it is smooth and a little light on the fruit power from a Malbec standpoint.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.
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