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.
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.
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