With wine in hand, we move to an easier decision: with a full body, South American wine, we could pick some of our favorite foods: Mexican…Beef and Bean Baked Chimichangas with Spanish rice…Consumer: Amy & Phil
Region: Mendoza region of Argentina
Grape Varietal: Malbec, a Bordeaux grape
Alcohol content: 13.9%
Food pairing: Baked Beef and Bean Chimichangas with spanish rice, accompanied by chopped lettuce, sliced tomatos, jalapenos and tortilla chips. (We don’t know all those fancy gourmet words they teach you in culinary school. I am certain there is a fancy word for corn chip, just don’t know it. )
Color & Appearance: Thick, dark red, almost the color of blackberries
Nose/Aroma: Blackberries with an initial aroma of alcohol
Mouth/Flavors: full body, with a shallow start, but a smooth, complete finish. Hints of black and blue berries with a hint of chocolate/mocha at the end.
Rating: 5 initally, 7 next day
Impressions: Initial aroma and taste gave a significant alcohol smell and muted flavors; a little bit of time to breathe and the combination of food helped volumize the flavors; however, with already a long day, we only made it through half the bottle. Sampling the wine the next day, we found that additional arration allowed the wine to open it up even further. No special care was taken to sealing or storing of the bottle. None the less, we found this time that the wine was fuller and more flavorful, thus leaving us with a better impression than first thought.
Another point to note…this is the second bottle of wine I have tried this past week from such a young vintage – 2010. We certainly understand that through the increasing popularity of wine and the advancements in the wine making process we can drink and enjoy younger wines; however, my impressions thus far are to stick with 2009 and older. My humble opinion is that we wait till 2012 to try another 2010 wine.