2006 Bodega Melipal
Appellation: Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Notes: 100% Malbec 14% AVB. Very dark purple, looks rich. Nose is red fruit, some plum, some berry, a little jammy, and some smoke. Taste is a lot of plum, some red fruit, and some pepper/spiciness, smooth at first, then the mid palate gets a little weak, and the back end is all tannins. At first they are sweet, but quickly get a little too bitter. Finish is dominated by tannins, but there is some strawberry and cherry in there, kinda nice once the bitterness subsides. Once the wine opens up a bit, the bitterness subsides, so I would highly suggest a decant. A bit disjointed. Some heat on the back end, too. Probably won’t go running out to buy this, but I’m certainly going to drink it. Might actually be a nice match with a strongly spiced beef.
Rating: 2/5, 12/20, 81/100
A note on ratings: I use the 100 point rating for Cellartracker, even though my palate is still developing. As a statistics geek, I know that the variability in scores works itself out as the number of scores increases. However, my score may not be yours, or Robert Parker’s. I much prefer to use a 5 point (or star, or whatever you want to call it) scale, as it more represents my reaction to wine, which is more simple than a 100 point scale represents. I like the 20 point scale as the more detailed score. On this site, I will provide all three, although the most meaningful are the 5 and 20 point ratings.