Malbec World Day

 

IMG_20170417_220643_193April 17th was designated as Malbec World Day in 2011 by Wines of Argentia to commemorate the day in 1853, when president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento declared his mission to revive and expand the Argentinian wine market.  Sarmiento sought the expertise of a French soil expert, Michel Pouget, who brought over a selection of vines, including some Malbec.  In France, Malbec was mainly used for blending, because the thin-skinned grapes were highly susceptible to frost, disease and rot.  However, in the drier climate of Mendoza, Argentina, the Malbec vines thrived.  The warmth in Argentina brought out a more fruit-forward flavor in the wines, in contrast to the strong tannins of the French Malbecs.  For many years, the Malbec varietal was only common within Argentina, but in the early 2000s, the popularity started to spread due to its easy drinkability and bargain price.  Malbec wine is often described as both juicy, with flavors of cherries, plums, and berries (blackberries/raspberries), and bold, with flavors like smoke/tobabbo, leather, and black pepper.   Despite their thin skin, Malbec grapes are a dark purple color, which leads to nearly opaque wine with a deep purple/red color.  Malbecs pair well with earthy or smokey foods (BBQ anyone?) or strong flavors, like funky cheese.  Happy Malbec World Day!

 

Tasting Notes – One From The Quiver Torrentes

IMG_20160810_230953Producer: One From the Quiver, made through a partnership with Winc

 

 

 

Region: Argentina
Grape Varieties: Torrentes
Vintage2015
Overall Rating:  ★★☆☆
Pairing:  A summer evening.  This was better than the last Torrentes that I tried, but still a bit too floral for my taste.  I’m not sure that this varietal is for me.

Sight
Color: Straw/Yellow
Brightness: Bright/Day Bright

Aroma
Intensity: Low/Moderate
Scent: Grapefruit and lime

Palate
Dry/Sweet: Dry
Body: Light/Medium
Acidity: Tart/crisp
Flavors: Still very citrusy, but with some added floral notes, which just aren’t my favorite

Tasting Notes – Recuerdo Torrontés

Producer: Recuerdo Wines
DSC_2707Region:  Argentina
Grape Varieties: Torrentes
Vintage2013
Overall Rating:  ☆☆☆
Pairing:  I was not a fan of this wine.  At first sip, I thought I was drinking slightly salty perfume.  With the grilled sausage and summer, it was drinkable, but I didn’t want a second glass.

Sight
Color: Straw/Yellow
Brightness: Bright/Day Bright


Aroma
Intensity: Moderate
Age: Some Age
Scent: Citrus, pear and rose

Palate
Dry/Sweet: Dry
Body: Light/Medium
Acidity: Tart enough to make me pucker
Flavors: Flowers and lemon, with a weird saltiness.

August Grape of the Month – Torrontés

Grape of the month - AugustThe grape of the month for August is Torrontés.  This is a white grape that originated in Argentina.  The grape resulted from a cross between the Muscat grape and the Chilean Pais grape.   There are three varieties of Torrontés:  Riojano, Sanjuanino, and Mendocino.  Torrontés Riojano is the most prevalent and most aromatic and is mainly grown in the northern region of Salta.  Torrontés Riojano wines are usually made in a dry style; however, they often have a sweet aroma.  Common flavors found in Torrontés wine are lemon, peach, rose petals, and white flowers.