Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Flechas de los Andes, Gran Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina, 2014
This wine: varietal malbec, 14 months in new and second fill French oak, bottled unfiltered, but showing no sediment, natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, Costco £13.80 (2015)
Consumer tasting note: a rich hue, leading to a warm interesting nose of berries, spice and toast, wearing its high alcohol well, with a sound structure, decent flavour concentration and complexity, and given and little more time will develop further. A long, smooth and rich length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of concentrated red plum juice, toast, spice, black cherry, blackcurrant, cinnamon, liquorice, dark chocolate, and a light touch of sweet vanilla and tobacco.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, ripe and well-integrated medium tannins, high alcohol with a full body, medium (+) intensity, a silky texture, with flavours of ripe red plum, ripe red cherry, then black berry, and a little spice and liquorice. A medium (+) length with a clean thick black berry liquorice edged finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, well-balanced acidity and smooth ripe tannins with alcohol and flavour intensity, wearing the high alcohol well, quite intense on the nose , similar on the palate, showing good flavour concentration and modest complexity, with signs of emerging tertiary development with a chocolatey note, all following into a rich long length.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing – the acid-tannin structure is sound and well-balanced with alcohol and flavour intensity, there is plenty of fruit and early signs of tertiary development, so this could improve over say 2-4 years.