I recently inherited a small collection of red wines, most of which have a few years on them. They were stored we
ll in a cool, dark place in an old cellar. Most of these wines were gifted to the owner who didn’t drink many reds, as white is the preferred house vino. I opened the Tapiz Malbec, Alta Colección, and served it with grilled pork chops and asparagus. We were quite impressed!
I don’t consider this an expensive wine, as the retail is between $14 and $18 US. Most of the Malbec offerings at this level are decent, nothing too exciting. Perhaps I never gave them enough time! The nose was promising, like that of an aged Merlot perhaps. Leathery, dusty, a bit of oaky cherry. First sip was very soft and full of velvety goodness. Any of those grippy, grapy, tannins have subsided, leaving a nice black fruity feel.
Better still was with a bit of time in the glass, a bright red fruit appeared. This stayed for a bit, then gave way to the softer side once again. This is something I usually experience with more pricy offering. Quite interesting and rare at this price level.
I will try a current vintage and compare with this one. If it feels tannic and tight, I will cellar a few for 5 plus years. It is cellar-worthy and a real deal at this price!
T-Scale rating: 91 points. Tastes and acts like a much more expensive bottle.
Great scores from many other reviewers. Other notes here