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 Replies to “Mauricio Lorca, Angel’s Reserve Malbec review”

  1. 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.

    1. 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. 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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