I have to say that I am always impressed by the variety of wine that I find when I am mid-coast. (hmm, could that be an indicator of per capita high consumption?) After opening this bottle, I was impressed by the quality as well. (High consumption & good taste - that is why I am proud to call Waldo County home - I'll add London & NY to that mix too. I belong to any place that has good wine and unconditional love).
Malbec: A week of tasting - Review One
I chose Malbec to drink for a week because I want to get to know the varietal better. I have a whole range of Malbec as far as price goes and was given one just off the plane from Argentina last week to add to the line up.
This was a great wine to start the week with. On first pour, it was good. Smooth, robust, slightly fruity (blackberries) with a hint of sweetness of chocolate in the finish. Very subtle tannins, I like it a lot. After the Vinturi: don't do it. This wine does not need to be aerated. It made it bitter, still drinkable, but with a bite. Just pour and swirl in you glass a bit and there you have it.
This is a good sipping wine and a good dinner wine - for a flavorful dinner that is - a wine like this could easily overpower something subtle, so serve it with burgers or steak or something substantial. I keep reading that you should pair wine with food from the country of origin, so I guess that steak and chorizo are on the menu for this week. Since the dog, cat and I are snowed in, I had to adapt some recipes for what ingredients I had on hand. I Googleed to see if I could serve a Malbec with a cream sauce and I stumbled across an excellent food and wine pairing post by www.vinovixenz.com. I made sausage and mushrooms in cream sauce, polenta and spinach with pine nuts for dinner. It was great warming comfort food for a day of fighting with the snow-blower and shoveling.
Meanwhile, back to Diseño Malbec:
As I was researching this wine. (yes, I research after I drink - I use the word research as a pretentious form of "Googled") I came across this review of the wine in the Memphis Review. This is a production wine. Not from any one vineyard, simply a producer that bought some grapes from two vineyards and made a good, cheap table wine.Well done Argentinian winemaker, buying your bottle in Belfast, Maine and then driving it down to Long Island made the final consumption even better. (Sorry global warming, I owe you one!)
Here is the 12/26/10 Snowstorm,
Before and After