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.
I just love the anticipation of a deep, dark red on a chilly evening. I do enjoy malbec, with its depth and intensity. I opened this wine to discover aromas of red fruit and plum, but a few unexpected notes as well. A definite spice was in the air – the cinnamon and eucalyptus unfolded within just a few moments of that first swirl. I took a sip to find that the alcohol overwhelmed my tongue at first – not entirely unexpected with its 14.5% . I found that after a few minutes, and several swirls, I was able to move beyond my first impression and found a rather lovely wine. The tannins were pronounced and firm, and flavors of dark currant and plum danced together with spice. The finish was fairly long, and let the ever-so-slight acidity leave my mouth watering. I enjoyed this wine with a seared burger and side salad dressed in an intense fig balsamic, and the match was perfect.