19/10/2008 – Finca Las Moras, Alma Mora Malbec 2007

Finca Las Moras (Argentina) Alma Mora Malbec 2007
Alma Mora, named after the mulberry trees that surround the vineyards, is a 100% Malbec aged in French and American oak barrels for six months. It pours a vibrant cherry/crimson colour, and the nose is mosrly about quite dark, seductive smoke and plum with some spicy toast in the background. There’s no sign of the blue/black, violetty character of top-notch Argentine Malbec, but it is an attractive profile. On the palate this continues in a similar vein, with swirling, smoky and charry aromas dominating red berry and plum fruit. The tannins and acidity are very low, meaning this doesn’t have a lot of staying power, but on offer until October 26th 2008 at 3.99 this is easy to drink and easy to recommend. Like all half-price deals, I don’t think this wine is worth 7.99 for a minute, but if picking up a couple of bottles, consider the white partner too: the Alma Mora Chardonnay-Viognier 2008 which has plenty of peach and almondy character, good body and a touch of depth from three months in oak. It’s probably an even better buy on the same half-price deal. £7.99, The Co-op.