It is no secret that TWC enjoys a good Argentine Malbec now and again. This as truly a sleeper. The Doña Paula is a dang good Malbec for under ten bucks U.S. (that's California money, it costs more elsewhere I suppose). I liked it well enough to pop for an entire case, all of which seems to have been misplaced (except for one bottle).
Excellent now, but drinking well for the next decade. Parker and Spectator both lavished a 90 and I found that to be on the conservative side.
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.
The opaque purple 2007 Malbec reveals a brooding black fruit bouquet, ripe flavors, excellent depth and grip, and 2-3 years of aging potential. Drink this outstanding value from 2010 to 2018.
Belying its ten dollar price tag, you'll find this wine is elegant and complex, deep violet in the glass, with an aroma of raspberries and cassis (black currants). It is a rich, sturdy, bone dry wine with notes of minerals and smoke and a smooth, lingering finish.
A certain contingent of my tin-foil-hat wearing friends are agitating for a move to Argentina, a gorgeous country in the throes of economic recovery, where everything is inexpensive including the marvelous wines and fabulous cuisine.
Book me a ticket.