Mendoza Malbec Madness

Everybody loves Malbec!  At least it appears that way these days in Asheville, as nearly every other person that comes into our store asks where our Malbecs are.  If you are among this crowd of Malbec lovers, you must join us this Friday, as we’re going to sample five of them from the Mendoza region of Argentina.  The tasting runs from 4 to 7 p.m. this Friday, July 27 and the cost to taste all five wines is just $5 or it’s free if you’re a Grape Nut.

Remember, not all Malbecs are created the same and the style of wine created is heavily influenced by a number of factors, including varied practices in the vineyard and in the cellar.  Come by to try some of our personal favorites this Friday and you might find a new favorite for yourself.

Here’s the lineup of wines we will try:

1. Altos las Hormigas Malbec – This one consistently gets rated out as one of the best values on the market.  It is made by a group of veteran Italian wine personalities and it is a great entry into the world of Mendoza Malbec.  With a nice core of black cherry and blueberry fruit along with notes of spice box toasty oak, it isn’t the most complex Malbec, but it is hard to dispute that it is delicious.

2. La Posta Malbec “Paulucci Vineyard” – This single vineyard wine comes from a vineyard with some age, 37 years of age to be exact.  Aged for 14 months in French oak, it is a serious wine with lots of stuffing.  Long, lush and balanced, it contains aromas/flavors of ripe black raspberry and black cherry along with notions of cedar, spice box and incense.

3. La Posta Malbec “Pizzella Vineyard” – This has been one of the best selling Malbecs in the store since day one.  It is a more structured, angular styled Malbec than the Paulucci which we will try first.  Dense and layered, it displays notes of dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, tobacco and licorice.

4. Tikal Patrioto – Tikal wines are made by Ernesto Catena, a member of one of Argentina’s most prolific names in wine.  His Patrioto blends 60% Malbec with 40% Bonarda from older vines which are aged for 12 months in French and American oak.  A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an enticing nose of Asian spices, incense, lavender, plum, and blueberry. In the glass it opens to reveal a ripe, plush, savory wine with no hard edges.

5. Cuvelier los Andes Coleccion – This is one of the hottest new operations in Mendoza, and we’re going to try it!  Owned and operated by the Cuvelier family, who also own Chateau Leoville Poyferré in Bordeaux (a very highly rated Second Growth), this is the type of wine that would cost you $50+ if it were made in California.  A blend of primarily Malbec and smaller portions of Cab, Merlot and Syrah, it is a dense, structured, rich wine with impeccable balance, volume, and length.

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