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Wine Review – 2009 Doña Paula Malbec Estate

How appropriate to recently receive a sample of Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, from producer Doña Paula.
Its the two year anniversary of my trip there. (You can check out some pictures from the trip here. )

About Argentina

I have to admit, I had drifted away from Malbec. It seems to be going through a classic wine varietal popularity cycle I have observed over the years; as it gets increased popularity, volumes go up, prices rise, and quality is sometimes compromised; or worse, adapted to the New World Style of American Cabernet; where in your face, big oak, tannins and extraction is mistaken for complexity. I had a great, reasonably priced bottle last month that wasn’t thus, and vowed to try again. (This was also spurred by the new release of local Mounts Family Winery new Malbec, which is drinking really well.)

Argentine Wine Sales, led by Malbec, have skyrocketed, in a down economy, as this article shows. For their own benefit, I hope some of the pitfalls of above will be avoided…remember Merlot had its day too, and its decline wasn’t all from Sideways.

2009 sounds a bit early release for a bigger red like Malbec. It is a bit, but one must remember wine vintages in the other hemisphere are ahead of the US, thanks to the reversal of seasons; its sunny and warm right now there.

Wine Review

To the Eye: Deep violet,  purple color.

On the Nose: Bold red fruit, blackberry, hint of smoky wood

In The Mouth: Plum, black fruit, fruit forward. Tannins present but balanced. I was pleased the alcohol was a moderate (these days) 14%

Pairing: Hands down, a steak, like a Ribeye.

Where to Buy: Widely distributed.  ~$15 retail.

A safe bottle of wine that delivers an excellent QPR (quality price ratio.) It won’t give you a winegasm, but its a solid choice at <$20, and I’d happily drink it at a party or event.

It’s interesting to note that Doña Paula has a pretty wide array of other varietals. From reading, seems other Reviewers also recently received their new  Torrontes, a white wine varietal I discovered on my trip and often recommend as Argentina’s ‘other’ wine or sometimes called ‘white Malbec.’ I had expressed interest, but didn’t receive, perhaps next time.

They also demonstrate the expanding varietals being produced in Argentina now, including Viogner, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot, and Cabernet Franc. I have to confess I have tried little/none Argentine wine outside of the traditional Malbec and Torrontes, and will have to give a look see.

Recommendation: If you see a bottle, buy one for the holidays.

cheers!

Wine Review – 2007 Bodega Elvira Calle “Ca’ de Calle” Gran Reserva Mendoza

Happy 2010 (twenty-ten) from Simple Hedonisms!

This wine rated a 90 points from Wine Spectator, and is from the Mendoza region of Argentina. (I toured there a year ago.)

  • Interesting blend of malbec, bonarda (yum), syrah, cab, merlot.
  • Beautiful brick red color.
  • Lush nose of berry. Plum, red fruit in mouth with clean finish.
  • 14% alcohol.
  • A great wine for only 12.99 on www.klwines.com

Only 500 cases made, and a few in stock – pounce!

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