Lot 358 Malbec has juicy texture and lush fruit flavor, but is most lovable for its drinkability. Violet in color, with flavor aromas of black cherry and plum that carry through to the palate. There is a nice richness, it is very balanced, not an over-the-top style. It has a long and lovely finish with firm tannins. You could age a couple years, but why bother when its drinking so well now.
Appellation: Mendoza 100%
Grape: Malbec 100%
Alcohol by volume: 13.9%
Drink/Hold: Now through 2019
This Malbec was made with our longtime producer partner in Mendoza. We have worked together now for five years, and our relationship continues to deepen with each release. 2011 was an epic vintage in Luján de Cuyo and the neighboring Valle de Uco. We identified vineyard blocks in both valleys that reveal the sheer power and balance for which Malbec is famous. If you enjoyed Lots 258 and 275, this wine will stop you in your tracks.
The plum and black cherry notes are strong, but not overpowering. Not much in the way of an oak flavor that I could detect. Wonderful aroma of fruit. An excellent wine, I've had quite a few Malbecs, and this is by far my favorite. Those who have said it needs more time in the bottle may be right, but the problem is I can't resist it now... :)
Posted by:Emily On: 7/16/13
Malbec is my most favoritest (yep made that word up) kind of wine. This is no exception.
Posted by:Lyonlove On: 6/14/13
spicy & young
I love Malbec and realize it is made in different styles. For me this style is on the spicy side - I think it needs more time in the bottle. You can taste the future - silky, fruit forward - a good wine. I would hold on to it - I think this wine will probably be great in a couple of months as the aromatics were simply perfect - raspberry and chary - delicious.
Posted by:Scot On: 5/9/13
Was worried right out of the bottle...
I wanted to try this wine a couple different ways to see what I wanted to do with the rest of my order and alottment of Lot 358. So, I grabbed a bottle out of the cellar, opened it, and had a glass. Immediately I was a bit worried as the wine was extremely tart and out of balance. As I began to volatize in the glass, the wine did start to open up a bit and by the time I finished the glass, it had improved. I decanted the remainder of the bottle and came back to it in an hour or so. In the glass, the plum is the primary aroma on the nose. Once it opens up a bit in the glass, I began to get a little black cherry. I do not get much oak in this bottle but I think with a couple years in the bottle, some of that may come out down the road. This is not my favorite CH wine but when you talk "value", I believe there is some definite depth to the wine and a few years in the cellare, will probably do the wine some good. That being said, for $15, I think there is some good value here and I think the wine may get better with time.
Posted by:Nicole V On: 4/18/13
Still young, but good with food
This wine is very young and needs a little aging to soften the firm tannins. It would definitely benefit from decanting. It is a wine that is best drunk with food - steaks are a good option as is a cheese and salami plate.It also pairs quite well with chocolate. It is deep violet in color and once it has opened up it does have strong dark fruit on the front of the palette with a nice finish.