Coffee and milk chocolate, with blueberries in the background, waft up from the glass, making a very pleasant nose. On the palate, blackberries, blueberries, and coffee lead, with pepper and the tiniest hint of vanilla in the background. Blackberries fade and lavender joins blueberry and coffee on the mid-palate. A bit of salinity shows from mid-palate through the finish. Tannins are dusty, acids well in balance. The mouth-feel is lush, the fruits rich and fruity, rather than syrupy. This is a very nice bottle of wine that would pair nicely with a New York Strip. This is a good wine and a great value, and for that it is Highly Recommended (89-91). DH

WHO: Graffigna
WHAT: Malbec
DESIGNATION: “Reserve Centenario”
WHERE: Argentina, San Juan
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $11 (media sample)

 

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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.