2008 Vina Concha y Toro Xplorador Malbec: Light, and a great relief from the catastrophy that was the Guenoc Claret.

july 5, 2009: this spaniard, our second bottle of the night, was opened even before we had completed the 2006 guenoc north coast victorian claret (which victoria really did not like but greg said he'd give another try). this toro (castilla y leon) xplorador luckily is not corked like the first one we had a couple months ago (that one was a 2007). victoria said it's slightly sweet in a way that highlights the lightness of the wine. greg said that, for starters, it's not corky. it definitely has a tannic nose, a smooth consistency and a cherry flavor. he said it's a good buy for the price. 13.5 percent alcohol.
$6.99 at big red liquors in bloomington.

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