A few years ago, Rodolfo ‘Opi’ Sadler snagged the Malbec Trophy at Argentina’s national show. Then came international acclaim — the Argentinean Red Trophy at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards. Here’s the next chapter of his sumptuous Malbec.
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(107 Reviews) 70
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84 out of 107(79%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
This is one of my go to wines. I have purchased this over several vintages and have always enjoyed it. It has a pleasant flavor and goes well with dark chocolate. When I have shared with friends, this Malbec is always well received and is usually the first bottle to empty.
I just opened my first bottle of this wine. I was actually going to let it age for awhile because it is such a young vintage but because I have a few bottles I decided to try one. It is surprisingly good; rich berry flavor and (as the label says) i could taste the underlying vanilla and smoky notes. I can't wait to see what happens when it is left to age several years.
The 2012 Opi Malbec poured a ruby red color in the glass. It presented an attractive nose of smoke, blackberry and a touch of spice. When tasted it did seem rather young and a previous reviewer hit the nail on the head when he termed it "The Beaujolais of Malbec" as it did come across as being rather undeveloped and lacking of the typical Malbec depth of flavor. I found it to be average overall, but my wife just did not really care for any aspect of this wine and as such we can only give it a fair rating.
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Review 33 for J Opi Malbec 2012
My Favorite Wine is:Red & White Wine
Date:August 25, 2013
The Beaujolais Noveau of Malbec. Immature and undeveloped. May improve with age.
Response from WSJwine:By Customer Care, August 28, 2013
Sorry for any disappointment – we only ever want you to pay for the wines you enjoy and we’ll be in touch soon to take care of it.
Regarding tasting notes, I think it was described very well by another reviewer (see “Quality Malbec. Nice surprise! Date:May 23, 2013). I don’t disagree. Of note, though, is that upon opening the nose was packed powerfully with fruit, but the palate was left wanting. After an hour or so, the flavor caught up with the aroma. Decant this to enjoy it fully. It’s decent and priced well, but it’s only average compared to other Malbecs I’ve received from WSJ.
Very ripe and juicy! Nose has tannin of cherry and earth with a nice combination of black and red fruit with a nice jammy after nose.
Taste was very smooth. Earth, tree bark, and clay. A hint of pepper and black berries make this a very smooth Malbec. I enjoyed this wonderfully by itself and also paired it with rice and vegetables. A fantastic find for $13. I am ordering this one again with the Summer Malbec Showcase. If you can get this for $12 or under, it's worth every penny.