You are cold, I know you are. If you are on the mainland, like so many of our friends and family in Texas and Arkansas, this crazy cold front that has hit the country has temperatures hitting record low levels. We even have snow on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island…
So please, stay inside, stay safe, and warm. If you need a little something to help warm you from the inside out, consider one of these tasty Malbec options. A hearty red, filled with layers of earthy, woody herbs, Morello cherry, balsamic, and truffle, it is the perfect Bordeaux variety to keep you nice and toasty, with each of these selections coming from the mystical, mountain region of Mendoza, Argentina. #Cheers
Born out of the passion of three Italian and Argentine friends, Achaval Ferrer began in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina in 1988. Each friend was a celebrated winemaker, coming together to pool their knowledge and ingenuity to create wines that would be considered the pinnacle of superior quality thus distinguishing Argentine wines in the world. Each bottle of Achaval Ferrer reflects their dedication and passion, with the heart of the winery nestled in the 100+-year-old, ungrafted estate Malbec vineyards nestled in the foothills of the majestic Andes Mountains. These vineyards, like Achaval Ferrer’s volcanic soil-filled Finca Altamira sitting at over 3000 feet above sea level, purely express the Malbec variety’s quality, with Achaval Ferrer Altamira Malbec ($135) delivering highly concentrated, low yielding fruit that exhibits complexity, structure, and intense flavor.
From the inspired vision of American winemaker Paul Hobbs, Viña Cobos crafts high quality, elegant, elevated wines with minimal intervention from vineyards dotted throughout the Uco Valley and Lujan de Cuyo. The wines of Vina Cobos express the essence of a place, with finessed complexity and luxurious style. Textured, nicely structured, concentrated and yet, silky and suave, Vina Cobos Bramare layers blackberry with fresh violets, and mint.
From the southern tip of Uco Valley, with wonderful warm days and very cool nights, Angulo Innocenti crafts vineyard driven wines with character. Founded by the families of Pedro Angulo & Angel Innocenti , each vineyard growers in their native Europe. Each immigrated to Argentina in the late 19th century, as so many did seeking a better life for themselves after phyloxera had devestated much of Europes prizes vineyards. Thanks to their dedication, hard work, passion they found success in the country. Today, their families celebrate their story, creating Angulo Innocenti in their honor. Angulo Innocenti Estate Grown Malbec ($18) is rich and luscious, opening with floral aromas of purple wildflowers, followed by black fruits, black cherry, blackberry, and plum, with toasted cedar and spice notes finishing the bold red wine.
With history dating back to 1883, and from 60+-year-old vineyards sitting at over 3400 feet above sea level in La Consulta, San Carlos, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Orellana Malbec ($30) is the ideal wine for enjoying on cold nights, especially when paired with a hearty grilled ribeye or braised short ribs. Filled with ripe black plum, black cherry, pepper, soft herbs, touches of pencil lead, and balsamic, this is a wine to enjoy tonight.
One of the things I love about many of the wines from Argentina is that much like Bordeaux, winemakers embrace the beauty of a blend. El Porvenir de Cafayate Amauta Corte I, from the high Salta elevations of Argentina, blends Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah with their distinct Malbec creating a well-rounded, balanced wine. I love this wine, melding classic flavors of the region with a modern palate, filled with dried fruit, earth and savory umami notes.