Most of my wine adventures entail journeys the wine regions of California. But there are times in which it is easier and cheaper to explore wine regions of other countries by taking a trip to the local wine shop. Last year I was experimenting and exploring two particular varietals: Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Malbec grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins. They are one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine, the French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in the South West France region. But today is probably better known as an Argentine varietal wine. Some of the most affordable renditions come from Chile.
I still have a few bottles left over from last year’s samplings of Malbec, so on Sunday I opened a bottle of Tomero’s 2004 vintage from Argentina ($15.50) which a friend and I enjoyed with a nice stuffed flank steak.
It was dark purple, well concentrated with notes of plum, cherry, spice, cinnamon, chocolate, tobacco and vanilla on the nose, well structured, with moderate tannins on the mid-palate, smooth with a prolonged follow through.
Both my buddy and I were very impressed.
It may be a bit difficult to find the 2004, but the 2005 is now available and I look forward to picking up a few bottles and comparing the two vintages.