Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec La Consulta Rebon 2009
I usually do not buy a wine with this many words in its name especially when I can not pronounce most of them but I was intrigued by the back story and origins of this Malbec. The Malbec grape is not native to Argentina but was introduced into the region from its homeland of France about 150 years ago, the vines quickly found their new home a perfect match and the rest is history that is still being made today. This Malbec is more complex than the Appellation Malbec with its aroma of exotic spices and floral notes. Dark violet tones treat the eye as the muscular palate of plum, raspberry and black licorice fill your mouth letting you know that this is a seriously complex wine. The finish can only be described as complex and long with rich pliant tannins. The grapes are the key here and are sourced from the Marchiori Vineyard and other properties within Mendoza. The word complex comes up often when describing this Malbec because so many factors come into play during its production not the least being that it is aged 18 months in 100% new Taransaud French oak and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. Wine Advocate gave this 2009 vintage a 94 point rating and commented that it needed to unwind 2-3 years making its cellar life 2014-2024. I am sure it will age wonderfully but I don’t like to wait so I aerated it and it opened up nicely with plenty of aroma. The P.L.C.B. has this wine in limited availability and is most easily purchased through their website www.finewineandgoodspirits.com. The product code is 39329 and the price is more than the normal price of the wines I review at $54.99.
It is no secret that I like a good Malbec and the only thing better is a very good Malbec on sale. Bodega Goulart The Marshall Malbec 2009 is a rock solid wine with a full body that follows through with big bold black fruit flavors and a white pepper spice coming out at the finish. The tannins are intense but rounded off by 18 months of aging in French oak. Another thing you will want to take the time to see is the deep ruby-red color that has to be seen to be understood. This is a very good Argentinian Malbec that is straightforward and not overly complex. My recommendation is to just pull the cork and enjoy it. PLCB code 33023 WE/90 rating 14% alcohol $13.99 that is a savings of $13.01 so why not get 2 bottles.
moscato party ! (Photo credit: portobeseno)
I will use the next few posts to look at light bodied wines that I believe would be good choices for your summer outings. I like the lighter wines for warm weather entertaining because they are easy to drink and allow you to enjoy the company of friends and family without having to worry about what wines to serve. Beringer Red Moscato 2011 fits nicely into this category by being light with fresh fruit flavors and a floral aroma. It is a little sweet but often described as “not too sweet or not too dry with a smooth refreshing finish”. This deep scarlet colored Moscato is produced in Argentina from a blend of Moscato, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes and bottled in the Napa Valley of California. I don’t think you will be disappointed if you take this one with you to the park for an evening concert under the stars.
A glass of Malbec wine from Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I really like a good Malbec and that is why I was pleased with La Posta Malbec Paulucci Mendoza 2008. First I noticed the opaque purple color, then the firm structure that balanced the lush core of succulent fruits like blueberry, fig, raspberry and black cherry. The finish was spice tinged with a feel of slightly dry tannins. Another thing that I really liked was that this wine spent 12 months aging in 20% new french oak barrels. Final facts IWC/89, WS/88, WA/88, $16.99 with PA L.C.B. product code 16970.