i have tried some decent malbecs and recently have gotten feedback on the low end gato negro. i was not crazy about it. it was nothing special but really there is nothing else in that price category of $4, so you have to move up a few dollars to find something that is better. i would throw this one into that category. selling for about $8-9, this would be something i would spend a few extra dollars on and skip over the low end stuff. the nose is very fruit forward, with black cherry and some blackberry coming through. got a little spice and some earth notes as well. the palate was juicy blackberry, with nice firm tannins and a nice leather note in the finish. this is a wine made for food of all types. nothing over the top. just a good, solid red.