Alamos Red Blend

Alamos

Red Blend (Malbec, Bonarda and Tempranillo)

2010

(Mendoza, Argentina)

On Bottle/Website:

* Displays deep, ripe flavors of blackberry and plum with layers of brown spice

* Vineyards lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, with intense sunlight and pure snowmelt water

* Embody the richness of this rugged, remote region

* 13.5% ABV

My Notes:

* Appearance:  clear, day bright, medium intensity, ruby/garnet, purple rim, medium plus viscosity

* Nose: sound, clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, dark berries, blackberry, brown baking spice

* Palate:  dry, medium bodied, confirms nose, medium plus alcohol, medium intensity, medium complexity, medium length

When I purchased this wine I was on my way to a friend’s house to enjoy a rigatoni dish filled with fresh garden vegetables.  I wanted to pick up a Malbec from Argentina to pair with this meal.  I recognized the Alamos bottle from a review I had recently read and struggled with the choice of the red blend or full Malbec.  Although I do not put a large amount of stock in wine ratings, as everyone’s tastes are subjective, the sign about this particular red blend getting a high rating from Wine Enthusiast did sway my decision.  It was a slightly older vintage than the Malbec, while also having Malbec as the primary grape varietal, so I thought I would take a risk.

I am glad that I purchased this bottle because we were both very pleased with the smooth, slightly spicy taste.  We had a difficult time pinpointing the actual spices, even after clearing out her spice cabinet and comparing the aroma in the wine with the smells of the different spices.  It was a great refresher in one of the tasting exercises I have completed about olfactory acuity.  Ringing in at just above ten dollars, I will certainly purchase this wine again in the near future.  It paired very well with the tomato, basil and other vegetables in our dish.

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec

Trivento Amado Sur

Malbec

2011

(Mendoza, Argentina)

On Bottle/Website:

* 78% Malbec: From Luján de Cuyo. The Soul – rich, enveloping texture and dark, luscious fruit

* 12% Bonarda: From Maipú. The Style – a touch of Old World structure and vibrant color
* 10% Syrah: From Tupungato. The Spirit – lively spice and flamboyant fresh berry flavors. It’s the stroke of madness that binds the soul and style
* Pairs well with breaded provolone, lamb ribs, mozzarella and prosciutto
* Deep red in color with violet and crimson
* Fresh red fruits, combined with notes of clove, smoke, vanilla and toast
* Smooth tannins and pleasurable finish

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, bright, ruby, purple on the edges, high concentration, rim variation, medium viscosity

Nose: clean, medium minus intensity, youthful, leather, spicy (I need to refine my spice palate because I was unable to pinpoint specific spices), rhubarb, dark fruits, dried fruit flavors

Palate: dry, definitive wood flavor, tobacco, dark fruits, spicy, medium minus alcohol, low acidity, medium minus tannins, medium finish, medium complexity

This wine paired well with a mini-burger with aged cheddar and ranch style greens.

Punto Final Malbec

Punto Final

Malbec

2011

Argentina

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On Bottle/Website:

* Deep ruby red

* Notes of blackberry, blueberry and cassiss

* Balanced and round

* Jammy mouthfeel

* Long finish

* 13.5% ABV

* Pairs with steak, pasta with meat sauce, risotto, lamb and cheeses

My Notes:

Appearance: clear, day bright, medium intensity, purple/ruby, purple rim, medium plus viscosity

Nose: sound/clean, medium intensity, aroma/youthful, black currant, blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry, jammy, baking spices, cocoa, anise

Palate: dry, medium bodied, confirms nose, black cherry cola, blueberries, smoky, grill char, baking spices, medium plus alcohol, medium plus acidity, medium complexity, medium plus length