Malbec World Day, 2014

Although native of South West France, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentina and is their most widely planted grape variety, particularly in Mendoza. April 17th was chosen to commemorate this day as this was when Argentinian president, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, officially began his mission to transform Argentina’s wine industry back in 1853.

Any excuse to open a few nice bottles of wine with friends and burn some Argentinian steak. So as usual I invited a few friends to bring a Malbec…

As usual I find it very difficult write details about any of the wines I taste on these kind of evenings where the wines tend to blur into each other after drinking through seven bottles! So please forgive the lack of notes – this is more of a record of what we tasted, erm. Drank!…

Bodegas El Porvenir Laborum Malbec, 2007

Chef Barrie didn’t think I’d notice him bringing the exact same wine as last year! I’m not complaining though, this was excellent – again!

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Bodega Catena Malbec, 2011

Catena’s Tahuan was the surprise of the evening last year so I thought I’d try this one from the same stable…

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Finca La Escuela Tinto Negro Malbec, 2011

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Limestone Block Tinto Negro Malbec, 2012

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Perez Cruz, Limited Edition Cot, 2012

As always I like to add a Malbec that isn’t necessarily from Argentina – it doesn’t say anywhere that it’s Argentinian World Malbec day! This cot from Chilie really stood out from the others, very impressive on the nose, oaky smooth and balanced, not over rich like some Argentinian Malbec can be.

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Pulenta Gran Cabernet Franc, 2010

Ok, it’s not Malbec, but it is Argentinian. I love Cabernet Franc and I thought this would add an interesting contrast and tasting challenge for the evening…

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