This weeks Wine of the Week is a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina called Alamos. This 2015 Malbec was purchased from a QFC grocery store in Seattle, WA for $9.99, which was the sale price from the original price of $11.99. One of the reasons I chose this wine was because it received 91 points from James Suckling who described it as, “An attractive red with notes of dried berry and light chocolate. Spicy too. Full body…rich with a long and flavorful finish. This is a real Malbec.” (www.jamessuckling.com) We decided to go with a red wine because it paired nicely with our dinner which included steak, potatoes, salad and asparagus.
This wine “Blends the deeply concentrated plum flavors of the country’s signature variety-Malbec-with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavors. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity.” (http://www.wine.com/v6/Alamos-Malbec-2015/wine/158750/Detail.aspx?state=CA)
The Wine Advocate – “The 2015 Alamos Malbec returns to a fresher year after the slightly warmer 2014, and there is contained ripeness in this blend of grapes from throughout Mendoza. This is fresh and harmonious, polished and sleek, easy to understand but with good definition, fruit and depth; it has violet aromas and a very pleasant mouthfeel. All the figures here are mind-boggling, starting by the 16 agronomical engineers working in the vineyards and finishing with the impressive 11 million bottles of wine produced in 2015. So you can combine quantity and quality…. Rating: 89+” (http://www.wine.com/v6/Alamos-Malbec-2015/wine/158750/Detail.aspx?state=CA)
Below is a link from the Food Network website that suggests some really wonderful dishes that pair well with Malbec wine.