Wine of the Week: 02/27/15
Come taste our wine of the week in-store every Friday from 4–6:30pm! Brancaia Tre 2011 95pts-Decanter
“Mainly Sangiovese (80%), with Cabernet and Merlot making up the blend, this is a great red made from grapes harvested in Chianti Classico and Maremma. The nose shows prunes, cassis, sweet spice and cedar tones, while the glossy palate boasts red, black and blue berries plus pepper notes and dusty tannins. “
$19.99 / 750ml
Focus on Malbec!
While Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and Chile, it’s arrival there is a relatively new development, occurring in the mid 19th century as cuttings brought from France. Before that, Malbec was widespread in France, at its height being grown in over 30 different departments, including being one of the five grapes allowed into the Bordeaux blends. Sadly, Malbec in France was sensitive to many ailments, which led to it falling out of favor to be replaced by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In South America, however, Malbec found its spiritual home in the high elevation mountain vineyards. There it developed tighter clusters and intense fruity flavors with an underlying velvety texture that rang true with wine lovers all over the world. While it is in France and South America that Malbec has made the most lasting impact, it is grown all over the world, giving us a unique opportunity to taste what role terroir and the winemaker can have on a varietal. Stop by soon to see the rest of the Malbec’s that just wouldn’t fit.
Catena Zapata Nicasia Malbec 2006 97pts-Wine Enthusiast
If the color doesn’t tell the full story, the nose will: it’s impeccably perfumed, round and sweet, with amazing fruit aromas and a toasty background. The feel is a lush and rich as they come, and there’s outstanding purity to the lusty black fruit flavors. A masher with elegance. Maybe the best Malbec Argentina has ever produced.
Achaval Ferrer Finca Bella Vista 2010 95pts-Wine Spectator #10 Wine Spectator Top 100 2012
Dark and powerful, yet elegant, with a delicious core of crushed raspberry, blackberry and damson plum notes tightly woven with silky tannins. The minerally finish lingers on with layered flavors of wildflowers, melted licorice and spice box.
Leo Messi Premium Malbec 2011 90pts-Wine Enthusiast
Roasted, savory, earthy berry ?aromas come with a spot of leafy green on this Malbec. The palate is saturated and a touch narrow in feel, while flavors of black cherry, cassis, baked blackberry and cured meat finish with creamy oak notes and a strong hint of bacon. Drink through 2018.
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