We purchased this Osborne Dominio de Malpica Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 from Spain for $16.99 at A&L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. Initially, the bouquet is quite startling in that it is strong and overpowering. But, now that it has been swirled and allowed to breathe, the nose is more subtle and sophisticated. The full and rich feel in the mouth is fruity with tastes of oak and wet grass. The longer I sip and swirl, the more refined it becomes. This is a wine you definitely want to decant and allow to breathe. For dinner, I have a pot of garlicky bean soup (with ham bone) simmering, a loaf of sour dough bread, (and some sharp cheddar) and I think this wine will be the perfect complement. I wanted to take advantage of the cooler weather today and make some soup. It’s a gorgeous day in Michigan!
Tom: This Osborne Dominio de Malpico Cabernet Sauvignon 2001 has a strong, slightly astringent, attention-getting initial aroma that mellowed with breathing. It is an interesting, unusual cabernet, with a dry but fruity taste that also has a slight vegetal quality. It’s different and interesting and will stand up well to our bean soup. (We understand that the black Osborne bull is iconic in Spain.)