Graffigna – 2008 Centenario Reserve Malbec

Malbec just seems like the right thing to drink when the leaves start to turn and the winds turn chilly.  We opened this wine for a casual evening at home – no frills – just to relax.  The aromas of red and purple fruit were very noticeable, and very nice, and warmed up a bit with just the tiniest bit of earthy tobacco.  The first sip was pleasant, with deep black cherry, a little spice and a touch of tobacco.  The alcohol was contained, despite the moderately high content (14%).  This wasn’t a highly complex wine, and the body and finish were both moderate, but all in all, not bad.  A nice value for the money.  It went very nicely with Istara Ossau-Iraty cheese and spiced green olives.

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