Last night I uncorked a Malbec Rosé from Argentina. Half a year ago, if you asked me what Malbec was, I wouldn’t have had any clue what you were talking about!
You see, when I first moved to California, I was very eager to get out and meet people with similar interests. I immediately joined a women’s wine group and we met one night at the Wine Cabana, a wine bar in San Diego’s Old Town. One of the girls recommended trying the Malbec, which I had never even heard of at the time. I tried it for the first time and fell in love! I began primarily as a red wine drinker and love dry, tannic red wines like a Shiraz or Norton. Malbec is both dry and tannic, so it definitely fit the bill.
Argentina is where this varietal has gained it’s fame, but it is a little-known fact that Malbec is originally from France and was brought over to Argentina in 1868. In France, Malbec is primarily known for being one of six grapes blended together to create red Bordeaux wines, whereas in Argentina the grape takes center-stage as a stand-alone varietal.
A purple grape variety, it’s black fruit character translates into jammy flavors such as blackberry and plum, with a hint of spice on the finish. Malbec is full-bodied with either medium or high tannins. The different climates in each region account for the differences in taste and wine-making techniques. For instance, the Malbec of France is a high tannic wine, whereas an Argentinean Malbec is softer with less tannins and is more suitable for aging in oak barrels.
Because of it’s tannins, Malbec and red meat centered dishes make wonderful companions! It also pairs well with spicy ethnic foods such as Mexican, Cajun, Indian, or Italian. I paired mine with spaghetti and meat sauce. See? Food and wine pairing is easy, and you don’t even have to make anything fancy!
The interesting thing about this particular bottle of Malbec was that it was a Malbec Rosé. So for those who enjoy a sweeter, more fruit forward wine such as a White Zinfindel or any kind of blush wine, you definitely would enjoy the Malbec Rosé.
Next time you’re in the market for a bottle wine, why not pick up a bottle of Argentinean Malbec? Your taste buds will thank you.
- Company: Melipal
- Vintage: 2009
- Varietal: Malbec Rosé
- Region: Mendoza, Argentina
- Price: $10.99 at BevMo!