The nose is striking, different, confusing, the sort with aromas that make you tear through the spice rack trying to identify them. The smells are grassy, dry, piquant, and they proved to be basil, rosemary, and a light powdering of cardamom.  On the palate it was very different. The herbal aromas were mere background flavors. Blackberries, blueberries, and eucalyptus, followed by dark chocolate mocha and some cayenne. Tannins were a little harsh and dusty. Overall it is complex and juicy, but disjointed. The disparate parts might get pulled together with a New York Strip. Recommended. DH

WHO: Zonte’s Footstep
WHAT: Malbec
WHERE: Australia, Langhorne Creek
DESIGNATION: Violet Beauregard
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $17 (media sample)

About The Author

David Honig
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David Honig, the Publisher, looked at what was happening in the world of wine journalism and realized there were a lot of great writers out there at the same time paying publications, from newspapers to websites, were dropping like flies. So he created Palate Press to find the best writers and create a new forum for them to sell their best work. He is a self-educated oenophile, and defers to the tremendous experience and wisdom of the amazing staff at PALATE PRESS: The Online Wine Magazine.