A little bit about the wines for our upcoming Malbec tasting.

Bodegas Goulart “Classico” Malbec

This stunning Malbec comes from the Lujan de Cuyo Appeletion in Mendoza, Argentina.The classic structure can be attributed to the old Malbec vines and the minimalistic approach to their winemaking.  The wine is aged in French Oak giving it a good backbone – the flavors are lush and fruity along with slightly spicy flavors. The finish is round with soft tannins. This is a wonderful everyday wine to enjoy with grilled meats, sausage or pizza.

We love this wine for entertaining. It has great mass appeal and can really pair well with an array of dishes. I love the bold, clean label.  A great one to try if you are new to Malbec.

Urano Malbec 2007

The 2007 Urano Malbec is new to our shelves. We just got it in this week in fact and I have decided to include it in this tasting because I think it showcases a slightly different style than some of the other Malbec we carry. Also from Mendoza, this Malbec is aged in both French and American oak barrels. The resulting taste is a bit deeper; with hints of coffee and tobacco along with the ripe fruit. So for someone who enjoys a wine that has some more complexity…..this is a great one at this price of only $13. I would pair this with some sort of smoked meat or ribs. The sales rep who brought this for us to taste had just recently gotten back from a trip to the Urano Winery (among others) in Argentina, and she remarked on how she had never had so much (delicious) red meat in her life! These wines are the perfect complement to the Argentinian fare and culture.

2008 Crios de Susana Balboa Malbec

I am SO excited to be pouring this wine at next weeks tasting. This is probably one of my personal favorite Malbecs – and I think you get the most bang for your buck in terms of flavor and quality here. I think what I love about it so much is that while you still get the classic gobs of jammy fruit that you expect from Malbec, you also get loads  of sweet spice! It definitely has aging potential and is a great choice to bring to a dinner party or to give as a gift. I think novice wine drinkers and wine aficionados alike will love this one. The winemaker, Susana Balboa is sort of renowned in this region and around the world for her exceptional wine making skills. This is a must try….and for summer I highly recommend trying the Crios Torrontes as well. Another fun varietal from Argentina that we love love love!

2007 Clos de Los Siete by Michael Roland

This is one of the first wines that I read about and tasted for our shop and it has graced our shelves ever since! So what you get here is a more structured, Bordeaux style wine. Bigger, a bit bolder, interesting layers of blackberry, milk chocolate, licorice and pepper. There is a lot going on here for the price and you really get a sophisticated bottle that you can serve with heartier meat stews, steaks, dark chocolate….the possibilities are endless. A great bottle to give as a hostess gift or to someone who loves red wine. It has received some consistently high praise and ratings, including a 91 point rating from Robert Parker. Try it for yourself and see.

2008 Cycle Buff Beauties Shiraz/Malbec

We are re visiting this wine in our tasting series – those of you that attended our very first Australian tasting may remember this one, based on the fact that this is an awesome wine – and the label is in your face and entertaining. We love the wines from Some Young Punks in South Australia and love that they do these really unconventional blends of varietals. Don’t let the crazy label fool you, this is a serious wine. Tons of black fruit flavors and packed with black pepper. I would consider this the ultimate steak wine.