TWC is a big fan of Malbecs, particularly those from Argentina, which represent the latest trend in global wine values. Sure, Argentine Malbecs have been a bargain for several years, but 2011 sales in the US soared, up a remarkable 46%.
Wine drinkers have discovered that Malbecs are comfortable with upscale or casual and can easily sub in for more expensive big red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
I don't recall that earlier incarnations of Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec came with a screw top. Y'all know how I am about screwtop wine. If God wanted screwcaps on wine bottles he wouldn't have planted all those cork oak trees in Portugal. It is just that simple.
Los Cardos means: The Thistle. The presence of the thistle, with its striking flowers and sharp thorns, is thought to signify an ideal soil for wine grapes. It is a high elevation vineyard (3200-3400 feet) producing a low yield of intensely flavorful fruit. Naturally (heh) these guys are on the eco-wagon and pride themselves on their earth-friendly vineyard management.
Once you get past the screwcap, you'll find that this under-ten-dollar (US) Malbec is intense. A big wine, deep ruby running to purple in color. The aromas are red and black fruit with a little bit of spice and tobacco. The wine is smokey with earthy herb notes on the palate.
The wine rates a 15 on TWC's Standardized Wine Price/Value Ratio® scale, meaning the price is pretty good relative to the enjoyment you can expect from it.