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.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has issued a safety alert for indigenous selection Prosecco Brut 2013 because of insufficient packaging, A.K.A. weak bottles, that has lead to some bottles spontaneously exploding. Anyone who purchased this “Chairman Selection” wine should carefully dispose of it and can get a full refund at the P.L.C.B. store without a receipt because the refunds will be conducted on the honor system. The State bought 19,000 bottles of indigenous selection Prosecco 2013 from an Italian producer and sold just under 2000 bottles starting in June through the “Chairman Selection” discounting program.
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.