Saturday, April 30, 2016

Celebrate Malbec Day with some distinctive Malbecs from Argentina

Malbec World Day is April 17, 2016.  Malbec World Day celebrates the day in 1853 when Argentine president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento made it his mission to transform Argentine’s wine industry and tasked Michel Aime Pouget, a French soil expert, to bring over new vines to stimulate the industry. 

Malbec was introduced to Argentina in 1853 before the Phylloxera plague ravaged the vineyards of France in 1889 while at the same time the Malbec in Argentina was adapting well to its new home and winemakers were producing even better Malbec than found in France.  Malbec rose to the star variety in Argentina growing from just over 25,000 acres in 1990 to over 70,000 acres in 2009, becoming a major export varietal for Argentina.  U.S. consumers fell in love with Argentine Malbec with its intense fruity flavors and smooth texture.

Celebrate the day with two Malbecs from the Moet Hennessy family of wines from Argentina.

2013 Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec uses grapes grown at the ideal elevation for maximum flavor and aroma and optimum quality. On the nose, ripe fruits such as fig and raspberry are combined with floral notes of violet. On the palate, delicate and pleasant tannins with a marmalade finish. This wine classically pairs with grilled red meat or pork, but can also work with salmon and tuna.  The price is approximately $20.

2012 Cheval des Andes is a joint venture between the legendary Chateau Cheval Blanc of Bordeaux and Terrazas de los Andes from Argentina. Cheval des Andes is a blend of mostly Malbec with Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Petit Verdot. The nose is complex and elegant with tobacco and white pepper followed by notes of ripe yellow fruits, such as apricot, peach, black fig, and quince jam. Acidity is balanced with the dense silkiness of the tannins to impact on the elegant finish of this Grand Cru. Enjoy with braised short ribs or a T-bone steak.  The price is approximately $95.

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