Lisa's Wine Wednesdays
Malbec is a red grape, originally from France in areas such as Cahors and Bordeaux, that has found fame across the seas in Argentina, flourishing particularly well in the foothills of the Andes in the region of Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region. These wines are classically described as full-bodied having notes of dark cherry, boysenberry, and minerals, with hints of spice, oak, and firm tannins with a smoky or fruity finish. It pairs well with red meats, poultry, blue cheese, mushroom based meals, and cumin.
Argentina leads production of the grape with over 75 percent of all the acres of Malbec in the world.
I chose 3 Malbec's for this tasting. All three are from the Mendoza region of Argentina. I grabbed 3 bottles of varying price points. I must say all 3 were good (I have a personal preference for big and full-bodied reds, so this wasn't too much of a surprise).
Trumpeter Malbec (Rutini) 2015 (USD $13)
Hints of oak, vanilla, chocolate, blackberry, and red fruits. To me it was on the lighter side with little tannin and a light oak flavor.
Achaval-Ferrer Malbec- 2018 (USD $21)
This wine pairs well with beef, lamb, and poultry. This has bold, delicious flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, and spice. It's beautifully smooth and balanced. This was by far my favorite of the 3 I tried for this tasting.
I hope this is a wonderful Wine Wednesday for everyone!