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Profile: Minimal sweetness, big bull tannins, medium acidity, nearly full body.
Flavors: Cherry, oak.
Value: Overpriced (explanation)
2008 Los Cardos, this is once again a big, full bodied but dry Malbec with black pepper, plum, and cherry fruit showing how much the varietal can offer at $15 and under. It's nice to see the price is still low. Despite last year's wide acclaim for Los Cardos as a best buy red, Doña Paula is not gouging consumers.
Profile: Minimal sweetness, medium and balanced tannins and acidity, full body.
Flavors: Cherry, plum, black pepper.
Value: Outstanding Buy (explanation)
If black cherry with pepper and a hint of tomatoey vegetable flavor sounds good to you, you'll like this very good $8 value wine. It's tannic, and though the oaky, spicy bite isn't exactly "smooth" as the label proclaims, it's still nicely balanced by medium acidity and an overall light-to-medium body that makes the wine very nice. You can taste the Grenache (40%) competing with the Tempranillo (60%) for dominance, otherwise this is pretty straightforward. If you're hooked on cheap Spanish Grenache (and who wouldn't be?), this will be an interesting variation.
Profile: Minimal to no sweetness, big tannins, medium acidity, medium body, almost light, in a good way.
Flavors: Black cherry/fruit, vegetable, black pepper.
Value: Great Buy (explanation)
Profile: Medium or greater sweetness, moderate tannins and acidity, medium body.
Value: Ovepriced (explanation)