Monday, September 6, 2010

Argentina in the News

Things just keep on getting better for Argentina. Consumers have fallen head-over-heals for the country’s great Malbecs, top winemakers and consultants are flocking there to leave their mark on one of the most exciting countries in the New World, and the prices for truly remarkable wines are staying amazingly reasonable.

This past week, more love was directed toward the wines of Argentina as the Quarterly Review of Wine named the Don Miguel Gascon Malbec 2009 the wine of the quarter, an honor that, according to the magazine, “appears irregularly in QRW because it's difficult to find a Best Buy.”

But this one earned it as a result of its “hint of violet... [and] engaging fruit that embellishes the wine with rich blackberry and plum. There's easy spice and oak, along with chocolate and mocha tones.”

“In short,” QRW concludes, “the wine has a lot to offer...”

Also this weekend, in the Virtual Gourmet John Mariani covers the 2008 Clos de los Siete, famed consultant Michel Rolland’s blend of Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot from high in the Mendoza region. Mariani praises its “soft and velvety texture (typical of merlot) together with the fruit intensity of the syrah, the mild tannins of the cabernet, and ballast and spice of the late-ripening petit verdot.”

You can drink and enjoy these wines anytime, but now that Labor Day has passed and autumn is just around the corner, rich, delicious reds like these are perfect.


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