Full Review

AvinoDos

AvinoDos
2016 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$42
Cellar Selection

AvinoDos
2016 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5%
Black ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of caramel buttercream, berry vinaigrette, cocoa butter, sage, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long finish with suggestions of toasted coconut with moderate oak flavor. A very distinctive, rich and decadent Malbec with a fun herbaceous nuance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: caramel buttercream, berry vinaigrette, cocoa butter, sage, and lavender
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of toasted coconut
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very distinctive, rich and decadent Malbec with a fun herbaceous nuance.

The Producer

AvinoDos Wines

The Producer
901 Enterprise Way STE B
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-225-2350

Their Portfolio

91 AvinoDos 2018 Merlot, Knights Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
93 AvinoDos 2016 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
93 AvinoDos 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $62.00.
92 AvinoDos 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
BR AvinoDos 2019 Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $22.00. - Bronze Medal
88 AvinoDos 2020 Method Champenoise Brut Rose, Pinot Noir, Carneros 12.8% (USA) $38.00.
BR AvinoDos 2019 Riesling, Lake County 13.2% (USA) $18.00. - Bronze Medal
96 AvinoDos 2017 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $62.00.
92 AvinoDos 2018 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 14.3% (USA) $64.00.
92 AvinoDos 2018 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District 14.3% (USA) $64.00.
85 AvinoDos 2019 Merlot, Carneros, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $32.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $95.00.
93 AvinoDos 2018 Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
92 AvinoDos 2017 Two Barrel Reserve, Malbec, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $52.00.
94 AvinoDos 2018 Founders Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $120.00.
94 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $52.00.
93 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $95.00.
92 AvinoDos 2020 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.7% (USA) $52.00.
88 AvinoDos 2021 Single Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Mountain 14.3% (USA) $32.00.
91 AvinoDos 2019 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 14.3% (USA) $66.00.
93 AvinoDos 2020 Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 14.8% (USA) $64.00.
94 Preferred Stock 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $49.00.
87 Preferred Stock Bottle Package 0% (USA) $49.00.
85 Preferred Stock NV Meritage Red Blend, Napa Valley 14.25% (USA) $49.00.

Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice, and, in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.