Wine: Diseno Malbec
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
In the glass: Diseno Malbec is a deeply opaque purplish-red with a dense red core going out into a dark violet-red rim definition and medium-high viscosity.
On the nose: There are concentrated black cherries and licorice root, graphite, melted black licorice, spicy notes of bramble, blueberry crumble and hints of vanilla, musk, oak and earthy minerals.
On the palate: In the mouth, Diseno Malbec has dark berry fruit medley, melted English licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate and almost minty bursts of blackberry jam. The midpalate features a ripe tannin backbone and nice balance, finishing with a juicy kick of cherries and minerals.
Odds and ends: The Argentinean malbec wines from South America are by and large well-made and reasonable in price, almost always less than $10.
Diseno Malbec is a superb wine to consider for a summer dinner with tenderloin on the grill and a baked potato. It should drink well for another two to three years, and can be opened about a half-hour before consumption.
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