Argentinian Malbec at a steak house? Not a bad idea at all! The other night I went to hear a friend and his group play live at a restaurant called The Golden Bull. As I had gone straight there from work, I obviously needed to eat – and drink. So I ordered their Chicken Marsala and a glass of this wine.
Appellation: Valle Escondido, Mendoza, Argentina
Notes: This Gouguenheim Malbec was a deep, rich garnet in the glass. I found scents of berries and oak in the bouquet. It was a softer Malbec, which made it a pretty decent beverage to pair with the Chicken Marsala. Tannins were quite gentle, and acidity seemed low. It had a lightly silky feel on the tongue. Flavors I tasted included hearty helpings of black currant, dark plum, pepper, and a biting woodiness. Alcohol is listed on the label as 13.5%. On the whole, I thought it was fine. Not a “fine wine” in that sense of the word. And, if I’d had my ‘druthers, this Malbec would have had more structure. I definitely don’t think this would have been a good match for the steaks on the menu. I was also disappointed to find sediment in the bottom of my glass. That happens sometimes, of course. So, for me, this was a totally OK wine experience. By the way, my friend and his band did a great job entertaining the diners at The Golden Bull. And that’s no bull!
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