Dona Paula Los Cardos Malbec was something we purchased on a whim. Malbecs fell by the wayside way back when and aren’t a common varietal anymore. We’re fans of South American wines, and as such, we dove right in without regret.
Los Cardos tastes of berries without being overly sweet. It’s no muscadine or table wine—don’t get us wrong. It lacks the watery texture of so many mid-range-price wines but still exhibits a fruity taste, with blackberry shining through.
It ranks in the middle of the dryness scale. It’s not like a Cabernet. And as we said, it’s no table wine. It bites, but not hard. The fruit taste wins out over the oaky barrel taste. There’s no afterbite. Consuming it with a meal doesn’t enhance or detract from the flavor.
Janey points out that it’s more potent than most wines and reiterates that it’s less watery than the wines we commonly have (something common of cheaper red wines).
Greg points out that it follows his anti-flashy-label mentality and lives up to the expectations.
For under $10, it’s worth a try.
4.5 out of 5.