Gouguenheim Escondido Malbec 2015
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1 The Gouguenheim Escondido is ruby red in color, and translucent. Very jammy aromas with a strong vanilla Yankee Candle scent followed by chocolate morsels, strawberries, crushed flowers (like lavender and rose) and a little ink pen thing going on as well. The aromas remind me of a warm climate California blend with a touch of crushed flowers. On the palate, the wine is full bodied despite its lighter color. Strawberry jam with lots of vanilla is the first thing you notice when the wine hits the front of your tongue. As the wine builds on the palate you noticed the crushed flowers and a little milk chocolate, followed by dill and a lot more vanilla. This wine is an easy crowd pleaser on game night. Very extracted with lots of new oak overwhelming the fruit. Light tannin and light acidity give way to an oak train that is full steam ahead, south bound and down.
If you enjoy Apothic Red or Menage a Trois red, then you should definitely try this wine. It will show you cultural difference between winemaking styles, without changing your overall style preference. Matter of fact, I encourage you to buy this wine and Apothic Red and blindly taste the two for fun. Take some pictures and share them with us on Instagram or Facebook and we will send you some swag. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Review – 84 Points
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Wine Selection – Gouguenheim Escondido Malbec
Producer – Gouguenheim
Wine Maker – Patrico Gouguenheim
Varietals – 100% Malbec
Region – Valley de Uco located inside of the larger Mendoza region of Argentina
Alcohol – 13.5%
Oak – 4 to 6 months in American and French Oak
Food Pairing – Burgers, grilled kabobs, pizza, most cheeses, Kit Kat Bars
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.
From the Winery
Seventy kilometers from the city of Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, lays one of the best kept secrets in the Uco Valley, called Gouguenheim Winery.
The grapes come from our 98 acres vineyard, in the Uco Valley, Mendoza. Located at over 3.600 feet above see level, this region has a desert climate with 320 days of sun exposure a year and big temperature amplitude between day and night. The soils are sandy and the water comes from the snow of the Andes Mountains by irrigation. All these exceptional conditions allow a perfect ripening of the grapes. The quality of our wines will reveal itself in every bottle that we share with you.