Michel-Schlumberger 2012 Malbec

Sonoma County, CA, 14.4% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 1 July

MichelSchlumberger_2012_MalbecA number of wines from this producer have been popular here, so I thought I’d try this one.  I think it’s very good, too.

This wine was not bad from first pour, but not very interesting.  I thought it needed 2 – 2.5 hours in a decanter to become pleasurable.  Then, it showed richer, ripe fruit of dark cherry, boysenberry, and purple grape, with a tinge of roses / violets (especially in the acid), and a little spice.  The fruit darkened as the wine continued to air.

The next day, I liked the saved, single-glass, screwcap bottle better.  All the flavors were more forward and integrated, more obviously complex, and with more oily mouthfeel.  This is very good wine for $7.

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