With a history going back to 1890, Pascual Toso is one of the oldest wineries in Argentina. But similar to many of the older wineries in Argentina, they’ve seen a lot of growth and development in the past ten years or so. They have a couple different lines of wine, including an Estate line and a Reserve line. The Estate line wines are their entry-level offering, while the Reserve is a step up in price. This wine is from the Estate line.
This is one of those wines that was OK, but didn’t totally knock my socks off. We get that a lot. Since we generally taste bargain wines, it comes with the territory. It’s not that it’s a bad wine. I certainly wouldn’t turn a glass down. But at the same time, it didn’t offer much to get excited about.
This wine shows plum and raspberry on the nose, with a touch of clove adding complexity and character. Yes, that sounds interesting, but the intensity is lacking a little bit. The palate shows blueberry, plum and raspberry flavors with good acidity, but for a malbec it’s a little on the light side. The tannins are soft. It’s a very drinkable malbec, just a little underwhelming for this varietal.
Wine: Pascual Toso Estate Malbec
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.