Fat Gaucho, Malbec Reserva 2011, Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Note: This more malbec you consume, the more you come to experience all the potential subtleties of flavor.
This particular malbec doesn’t disappoint, but it doesn’t impress. Yes, middle of the pack, but slightly better than middle. Blackberry and raspberry each fight for the throne of dominant fruit. Such a fight could effect discord on the palette, but tonight it brings intrigue.
This malbec is ripe with strong legs and flavors of oak and vanilla with medium plus acidity. It also tastes better than it smells.
Bottle Note: Gauchos could live off the Argentine Pampas with only their horse a knife and a lasso. Their favorite meals were cooked and enjoyed open air and accompanied with the wine they kept in their satchels. Our Malbec, grown at 4,000 feet in the shadows of the Andes, provides a charming balance of red fruit and spices, that when aged in oak creates an elegant structure. Excellent with stews, read meat, seasoned food and empanadas. Aged in oak 6 months.
Tasting Date: March 2015