Aren’t coincedences funny? For the past month or so I’ve been enjoying wine talk from two sources. Wine Align’s blind tasting with the critics and Nathalie MacLean’s Unquenchable that I just finished.
I’ve been buying a few wines that I came across in Mrs. MacLean’s book, with one of the most recent being the Goats do Roam wine (enjoyable). I bought another one mentioned in her book just a couple days ago – the one I am talking about here. So a few hours ago I get an email from winealign.com saying that they have another video out in the series that I have been following. Now what are the odds that it is the very same wine. Absolutely crazy – it is. This is beyong weird – and also convenient as I get to include that very video here.
As I mentioned in the Reserve Perrin post, I love when the critics at wine align overestimate a price for a bottle. Doubly so when I’ve already written up a positive review. It tells me that I’m getting a good value. On to my review.
- I’m trying Malbec again. The first one I had I was not too crazy about so I’m going into this one with a negative vibe. Although the Graffigna was not my favorite I keep hearing good things about Argentinian Malbec. A smentioned above, I first heard about Bodega Catena, in the Mendoza region of Argentina, from a book I just finished (recommended). She had nothing but good things to say about it and my local wine seller happened to have half bottles of the Malbec, so it seemed like a perfect candidate to try.
The nose of this wine is great. I always think of ‘purply’ but that description won’t help you much. Well for me it means dark fruit with a touch of wood and/or violets. A lovely, deep, pleasant combination. The flavor is quite distinctive. I don’t have a lot of history (yet) with Malbec but if most are this nice I will certainly work on the relationship. Dark fruits, earth with some acid to keep it lively. very nice. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. I will be buying more of these – and full bottles, thank you very much.
[note: I have been buying more of these for my cellar]