You may remember me mentioning this wine in a post last month. My wife and I dined at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and I had this wine with my dinner. I enjoyed this wine because it is very representative of Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza Region. It is crimson-red and inky purple in the glass. The body is medium with understated oak that come from being cool fermented and spending 12 months in French and American oak barrels. The flavors are classic Malbec blackberry and cherry with a balance of full tannins and a long “grapey” Malbec finish. Greg Norman 2012 Malbec Mendoza Argentina can be found in P.L.C.B. stores as a Chairman’s Selection at the discounted price of $9.99 (Product Code 33631). A Malbec of this quality is seldom found at this price making it a must try if you are a fan of Mendoza Malbec. I should know because I paid 9 bucks for a glass at his restaurant.
Cruz Andina Malbec Mendoza 2007 $19.99 Wine Spectator 90 points. Cruz Andina Malbec 2007 is a huge full-bodied red with flavors of black fruit and ripe cherries with tannins to spare. I ran it through an aerator and it opened up allowing its complexity to shine.
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.