Tag Archives: Malbec

Llama Malbec, 2012, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03176Intense bouquet of cherries, blackberries and plums stand out against a background of fine toasty hints from oak aging. Warm, rounded and well-structured on the palate, with an explosion of fruit flavors. $15

Aruma Malbec, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

11 Jan

DSC03174A collaboration between Lafite-Rothschild (of 1st-growth Bordeaux fame) and Nicolas Catena, the granddaddy of Argentine Malbec. Explosive aromas of red fruits, strawberries, raspberries, and plums, with intimations of violette liqueur. Subtle vanilla and chocolate notes complete the bouquet. Round and soft on the weighty palate, with a wonderful balance of dark fruit, spice, and earth. An incredible value for the pedigree involved. $14

Château La Caminade, 2009, Cahors, France

15 Oct

016For those who love finesse and concentration, this is a stunning French Malbec/Merlot blend. The nose evokes black currant, black cherry, plum, tobacco, nutmeg and cedar. Supple in the mouth with refined tannins warming a palate of cherry, raspberry and licorice. Try a bottle with grilled eggplant and garlic yogurt sauce. $20

Perlita Malbec-Syrah Blend, 2011, Mendoza, Argentina

17 Aug

DSCN1958-001Earthy, spicy Argentine Malbec melds with the fruity smoothness of Syrah to produce a very approachable, full-bodied wine. The palate shows ripe fruit and silky-soft tannins lent weight by 10 months in French oak. For fans of Malbec, this is a really fun spin on the varietal from the Bonnie family, who have run some high-dollar real estate in Bordeaux (Graves and Pessac-Leognan) and recently began this project, DiamAndes, in Argentina. An easy-drinking Malbec blend like Perlita is fine by itself, but put it next to some seared flank steak dusted with salt, pepper, minced garlic, and chipotle flakes and you’ll see how great it can be. $15