Time to Reward Ourselves with a Glass of Malbec
Having just survived Daylight Savings, one week from Vernal Equinox, and perhaps still cleaning up after this weekend’s wind storm, it’s time to slow down a bit and indulge in a glass of Malbec. Soon, we just won’t have the time needed to savor big reds: spring will be upon us and we’ll be out in our gardens (and perhaps drinking rosé). Today we travel, of course, to Argentina, to discuss two our of favorite Malbecs here at the Co-op.
Both of these wines have been awarded 90 points. Points are not the only qualifier for a fantastic bottle of wine, of course, but it’s not as though they just give them away: these 90 points are well earned.
Mil Piedras 2014
Blend: 100% Malbec
Vineyard Source: Vista Flores, Mendoza, Argentina
The images of stones featured on the label is emblematic to the Mil Piedras vineyard: these grapes are grown in hard, stony ground. A rocky ground gives the fruit minerality and influences the way the grapes grow. As a general rule, a stony vineyard is considered to be a better environment for growing higher quality fruit because the fruit has to struggle. The more it has to struggle, the better the fruit. The flavor is what we expect from an Argentinean Malbec: black fruit, blackberry, black currant — you can feel and taste the rush of sweetness that comes off of those really ripe summer fruits.
Blend: 100% Malbec
Vineyard Source: Mendoza, Argentina
This has gotten a wonderful response from co-op customers. We’ve had it for a while now, and it’s been growing in popularity. Deep red, fruit forward flavor: cherry and spice tones on the back palate and oak to finish. If one was to indulge, it would be a fun experience to enjoy these two wines side-by-side. They are both beautiful, soft examples of Malbec and they would show different winemaker’s interpretations of how to make a (very) drinkable, fruit-forward style of Malbec at a great price point.