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Mendoza’s Malbec

October 29th, 2013 by Alan A. Barone

Even though Argentina has been growing wine grapes for over 400 years, it has been only the past twenty years that the
country has made its mark in the world’s wine industry and it has done so with the unlikely yet celebrated grape: Malbec.  In fact, Argentina is now the fifth-largest wine-producing country in the world and in last six months exported over 3 million cases to the United States. Malbec is not only the most planted red varietal, it accounts for more than half of all the wine consumed in the U.S. (from Argentina).

Situated in the foothills east of the Andes, Mendoza is by far the most prominent of the four major wine growing regions in Argentina, housing 70 percent of its vineyards and continually producing a high quality Malbec.  Rainfall in this area is minimal, but abundant snow in the mountains allows plentiful irrigation from the rivers. The hot, dry growing season along with it five distinct sub regions with elevations between 3-5 thousand feet above sea level are ideal for growing the rich, generous varietal.

Malbec offers plenty of ripe fruit with spice or mineral notes. We feature several by the glass at the Wine Bar and they are proving to be very popular choices with our guests.   We have offered a couple at our annual Autumn Wine Tasting event that will eventually be added to our seasonal wine list.

Argentina has long been known for another specialty: Beef. Do not hesitate to pair your favorite beef dish with any of these stylish Mendoza Malbecs:

2011 Mountain Door

Subtle aromas and flavors of ripe berries, violet and coffee. Light and refreshing accented with spicy plum on the finish.

2011 Goguenheim

Intense and focused with dark berries, spice and lavender on the nose and blueberry, mocha and smoke notes on the palate.

2010 Carlos Pulenta, Vistalba Corte B

Round and forward with spicy, blackberry jam and vanilla aromas.  This delicious blend with Cabernet shows hints of cedar, pepper and tobacco.





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