Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec 2014 $24

A label shouldn’t sway one, but merry-go-round ponies scampering on a pale blue background?  Who can resist?  ‘Padrillos’ means ‘stallion’ in Spanish, named after the wild herds that appeared in the dreams of Argentine winemaker Ernesto Catena.  Grown under the searing Mendoza sun, this Malbec oozes fresh plum, intense blackberry and lavender alongside concentrated, ripe red fruits, leather, cocoa and baking spices on the palate.  Smooth, fleshy and flash.

Sip with: Grilled garlicky lamb chops

Mendoza: Padrillos Malbec 2014

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