Doña Paula – Seleccion de Bodega, 2006, Malbec – Argentina
Wow! Here is a dark purple brute of a wine, with an amazing concentration of fruit and unbelievably rich, decadent and velvety texture that seriously grapples your palate and overwhelms the senses. The aromatics are out of this world, showcasing black cherries and blueberries with complex accents of mocha, espresso, dark chocolate and just a hint of charred oak. Follow that up with a smooth tarp of flavors that just blanket the palate with enormous blue and black fruit— always hinting at the bittersweet German chocolate and mocha notes— and you have a winner here. It is an amazing find for under $30, and this Doña Paula has certainly caught my eye for a quick six-bottle purchase to track with much enjoyment in the future. It’s tasting mighty good today, but the sheer expression of fruit above the deep but supple tannins should promise good drinking over the next 5 to 8 years. In this day and age and current economic times, this under $30 find is more than up to the task of competing with wines costing in the 3 figure range. Bravo to Doña Paula for fashioning something affordable and classic at the same time.