Alamos Malbec 2012

Well, to be completely transparent, I actually purchased this bottle elsewhere and then found it at TJ’s.  As it IS on their shelves, I’m going to reflect that here.

Malbec? I can still remember the first Malbec I ever tasted.  It was … it was, um … a “number” of years ago.  I was in a restaurant in the Phoenix area.  Don’t remember the name of the establishment, but they served nouveau Southwest style cuisine and had several Malbecs on their wine list.    I took the plunge and was pleased with the experience.

Winemaker:  Alamos
Varietal:  Malbec
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Mendoza, Argentina
Price:  $9.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This Malbec made by the Catena family in Vista Flores, Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina is not as dark in its flavor profile as the one I had in Phoenix.  That isn’t a criticism at all; it’s just a fact.  In the glass, the Alamos is a dark, inky purple.  On the nose I caught scents of cherry, plum and earth.  It is a medium-to-light-bodied wine (on the cusp, I’d say).  Flavors for me were dark cherry, spiced plum, moss, light hints of coffee bean, and a touch of cough syrup on the finish.  Acidity seemed fine, and alcohol is at 13.7%.   It’s pleasant, very easy to drink, and gentle on the palate.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

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