Alamos, Red Blend 2013, Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Note: Red blends are an exciting opportunity area for malbec winemakers and something to experiment more with when you find them since this is where creativity at the edge is developing in Mendoza.
This malbec blend is medium bodied, dark-red colored and relatively light on your palate. The wine is wonderfully aromatic with red cherry, strawberry, raspberry notes.
There is a light and pleasing residual sweetness at the end of this blend even though it remains a dry red with light tannins and well-balanced acidity to add to the mix.
A delicious surprise from a major Argentinean producer. I’ll get this again.
Bottle Note: Made primarily from Malbec (Argentina’s signature red grape, Bornarda (Argentina’s second most widely planted red grape), and Tempranillo, the Alamos Red Blend displays deep, ripe flavors of blackberry and plum with layers of brown spice. The Alamos vineyards of Mendoza, Argentina lie in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Alamos wine are born of the intense mountain sunlight and pure snowmelt water of the Andes, and embody the richness of this rugged, remote region. Cultivated by the Catena family for over 100 years, Mendoza’s vineyards are among the highest in the world.
Importer: Alamos Vineyards, Hayward, California
Tasting Date: June 2015