The Wine of the Week
by Annette Tomei
2010 Mendel, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Malbec may have originated in the noble vineyards of France, but it found its sweet spot in Argentina, where this grape variety gets all the sun and heat it was missing in Bordeaux. Malbecs from Argentina are enjoying their place as the darling of value-minded red wine lovers worldwide, and are our summer red of choice.
The Mendel vineyards are home to 80+-year-old Malbec vines in the Lujon de Cuyo region in Mendoza, where challenging conditions bring low fruit yields and exceptional wines (less is definitely more when considering grape quality). Mendel prides itself on hand making each wine from harvest to bottle to ensure quality and flavor remain at the forefront throughout. This care becomes obvious at first approach… aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, and herbs de Provence give way to a slight smokiness; moderate but firm tannins with a complement of bright acidity make this medium bodied wine great for now or to holding for a later date.
With an average price around $25, this is a small splurge for an Argentine Malbec, but well worth it the next time you indulge in a perfectly grilled steak, lamb, or grill-roasted mix of farm-fresh vegetables.
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