Review by Eric Tansey, CSW The Alamos Malbec is an inky purple with a red hue. The wine was a bit aromatically challenged at first but as it opened up the aromas became much more prevalent. Aromas of blackberry and smoked meats, the aromas are a little fatty, like the white fat on a steak. On the palate the wine has a medium bodied mouthfeel. On the front of the palate, red licorice and dark cherry Fruit Roll Up. On the mid palate there is the beginning of those bacon fat and leather characteristics that I often beg for in a good Malbec, but this particular wine only teases me with it. The finish has hints of elderberry and subtle vanilla that linger for only a short second. Lower tannin and medium acidity leave little structure and backbone to the wine. This wine screams for some grilled chicken or veggies. Fire up the grill, take a pic and send it to us. 755-5REVIEW or TanseyReviews on Facebook and Instagram. We might just send you some swag. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Review – 84 Points
No Reviews Found For 2014 Vintage
Wine Selection – Alamos Malbec
Producer – Alamos the wines of Catina
Varietals – 90% Malbec, 6% Syrah, 4% Bonarda
Region – Mendoza, Argentina
Alcohol – 13.5%
Oak – Moderate oak aging in French and American Oak. Amount of time varies from vintage to vintage.
Food Pairing – Grilled kabobs, grilled veggies and beef, soft mild cheese
What is Malbec ?
Malbec is a purple colored grape varietal that is most commonly associated with Argentina, but its roots are actually in France. One story claims that the grape was brought to France by a Hungarian peasant but others suggest it was born in Burgundy. It is one of the five allowed grapes to be used in Bordeaux blends and most prevalent in the Cahors region of France where it is called Auxerrois (Pronounced oh-zur-waa). The grape has thin skin and after it was nearly driven to extinction by frost and disease in France, it was brought to Argentina where it came back like the gators in Florida (the animal, not the team). It is now the staple grape of Argentina.
The Wine The grape produces wines that are medium in tannin, medium in acidity, and medium in body with dark fruit taste characteristics that are often followed up by an array of earthy characteristics. These wines are great food pairing wines that pair with anything from dark chocolate to grilled chicken or soft cheeses. There are great values to be had from Argentina and Malbec is simply a fun varietal to explore, as characteristics vary greatly depending on the altitude of the vines. The grape are grown from the base of the Andies at 2000 feet all the way up altitudes as high as 5000 feet. So you get almost a completely different style of wine at low altitudes versus high altitudes. You will have to explore those adventurous wines on your own to determine which style you prefer. So get to stepping and happy trails to you. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW
Form The Winery, Alamos Malbec
Alamos crafts quality wines from Argentina, offering the best of Mendoza’s high altitude vineyards at an incredible value. Alamos grapes are grown at the foothills of the Andes Mountains at elevations of 3,000 to 5,000 feet, where intense sunlight, cool evening temperatures and mineral-rich irrigation from mountain snowmelt translate to rich wines with intense flavor characteristics.
About the Wine:
A classically Argentine wine, our Alamos Malbec 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. A full structure, firm tannins and a long finish make this Malbec unforgettable. http://www.alamoswines.com/en/ourwines/