COLOR: Strong and deep red, with some violet highlights.
NOSE: Very complex nose expressing the combination between the Malbec, such as black cherries, prunes, raisins and some violets. After swirling more fruits appear, such as cassis, raspberries and blackberries. Also chocolate, vanilla, toast and caramel notes appears very soft and integrated due to its aging in new French oak barrels.
MOUTH: Full-bodied wine. The tannins are quite present, but very mature, rounded and sweet which end in a velvety whole. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the tannic structure and body, and the Malbec contributes with the fleshy, round flavors, which characterize it. The mouth aromas, are plums, cassis jam, raisins. It is a very long ended, complex and elegant wine.
"Polished and forward, with dark blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors spread over ripe, round tannins and followed by a long finish tinged with chocolate and loam. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2008. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,823 cases made. –JM
" -Rated 90, Wine Spectator
"The 2005 Unus is 65% Malbec and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from the same 77 year old vineyard. The wine was aged for 16 months in 100% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Inky purple, it has a super-expressive perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, cocoa, plum, and black cherry. Medium to full-bodied, plush, and full-flavored, this concentrated, well-balanced effort will improve with another 6-8 years in the bottle and provide pleasure through 2030. The head winemaker and a partner at Mendel is Roberto de la Mota who formerly held the same position at Cheval des Andes." -Rated 94, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Bright medium ruby. Slightly roasted aromas of currant, licorice and spicecake. Began a bit clenched and quite primary, but showed a more pliant, refined texture as it opened in the glass, with harmonious acidity leavening the wine's sweet fruit and exotic fruitcake ripeness. Finishes with fine tannins and very good persistence. (Vine Connections, Sausalito, CA)" -Rated 90, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar