The nose shows plum, concord grape, charred green pepper, and acetone. When first opened the overwhelming flavor was of sweet concord grapes. After a couple of hours the fruit settled down a bit, letting black plum, black pepper, and smoke show through. Overall, this was disjointed and the finish short. Improvement over a few hours hinted it might get better over time, but with so many good Malbecs in the price range, there are better choices. Not recommended.

WHO: Michel Torino
WHAT: Malbec
WHERE: Salta, Argentina
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $11.99 (Media sample)

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