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Mauricio Lorca, Angel’s Reserve Malbec review

The label of a bottle of Angel's Reserve — decorated with a tribal drawing of a bird

Well, here’s a thing.

You may remember (but may not, given the alcohol-marinated state of your brain) that, a few weeks back, we minced a word or two on the subject of the Angel’s Reserve Torrontes — also made by Mr Lorca.

Now, I rather liked that Torrontes.

But here’s the Malbec. And my first impressions, honestly, weren’t great. I cracked the blighter open, and snouted/throated a few doses. And found it, well, kind of empty. There’s a spiky brambliness to it around the sides and at the front of your mouth, but it dies away very swiftly.

So I plugged up Mauricio’s Malbec and shoved it to one side. Not aggressively, mind. I’m a mild and moderate chap, as you’ll scarcely need telling. But there may have been a touch of pique, nevertheless, in that shove. For I was disappointed.

Spool forward a couple of days, and you join your chum the Parnmeister as he stuffs a bunch of grated-courgette-coated pasta into his ravenous maw. And is grasped by a mighty thirst. Blindly, his quivering arm reaches out, only to encounter that same bottle of Angel’s Reserve.

And — what know’st thou? — it’s one hell of a lot nicer, tonight. That back-and-sides quality of day one has mellowed into a proper ol’ gobfiller. It’s softer, rounder, fuller: it’s gone to seed in the best way imaginable.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s not transformed into a blinder. But it’s transformed into rather a pleasant way to keep my mouth busy (in the scheme of things, y’know).

So, yeah. Even Angels, it seems, can take a while to grow on you.

Rating ★★ 2 stars (a kind of averaged-out rating, here)
Region Mendoza
Grape Malbec
ABV 14%
Price £8.99 from Naked Wines (£5.99 to members)

3 Comments to Mauricio Lorca, Angel’s Reserve Malbec review

  1. August 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I really like the label Tom so I guess that underlines the perils of buying wine on looks alone. Call me shallow but this one might have flown into my basket.

    • Tom's Gravatar Tom
      August 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      What do you suppose the deal is with the reversed apostrophe in Angel’s Reserve?

      I quite liked the label, too. The Torrontes has the same graphic & typography, and is a nicer wine, if that helps…

  2. Alex's Gravatar Alex
    August 25, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I had a similar experience with another Mendoza Malbec, the Alma Andina. This was a good wine but needed almost the entire day to breath and mellow out. Like this one, it tasted even better the next day.

    The Alma started off as a good wine and got seriously good. Only (i tihnk) £8 give or take. definitely recommend it.

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