The entrance web page of the Mascota Vineyards web site reminds the reader that “pleasure is a treasure.” Nonetheless well-intended, the sentiment bears resemblance to one thing displayed in cursive lettering, carved into wooden whereas hanging within the ready space of a rural Midwestern magnificence salon. Sufficient on taglines, on to brass tacks:
Mascota’s vineyards lie on the foot of the Andes Mountains, barely a thousand meters away from the Mendoza River, and canopy 100 hectares of land, 97 of that are implanted with grapes. The primary varieties produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Shiraz among the many reds; and Chardonnay among the many whites. The oldest wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon lot which was planted 41 years in the past. The typical age of the vineyards is 30 years, starting from the 5-year-old new blocks to the oldest ones planted within the ’70s.
As a lot as a cabernet from the Reagan period sounds pleasurable, right now we get pleasure from a malbec from 2017. Allow us to uncork.
It’s a darkish ruby shade with a great deal of depth: blackberry jam, black cherry, and a touch of recent cedar sawdust at first, with vanilla and oak coming into the dialog on the palate. It’s well-balanced with minimal acidity and a medium-length end that diminishes on the ever-present blackberry observe, however that’s not essentially a foul factor. Whereas your time and bottle might differ, I discovered it finest to let this pleasure treasure relaxation within the glass for about 20-Half-hour earlier than having fun with it.
B+ / $25 / mascotavineyards.com