If there was a Nobel prize for wine, surely the first person to add a dash of Bordeaux blending grapes to malbec would win it. This mostly-malbec boasts one of the deepest violets you’re ever likely to see in the malbec aisle, of course with some thanks to the cabernet in the blend. Its bouquet starts out a little swampy, but that initially forbidding odor subsides to allow black cherries and blackberries to push through. The flavors are dominated by malbec, with its high-and-low mix of tang and deep jammy fruits, but the extremes are tempered here. A touch of tannin carries through the long finish, which avoids any hint of bitterness, leaving only traces of that immaculate blackberry jam.