Sunday when you think about what wine to pair with dinner, you should consider having Malbec to celebrate Malbec World Day. April 17th commemorates a day back in 1853 that the president of Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, decided to elevate Argentina’s wine industry. He enlisted Michel Aimé Pouget, an agronomist to bring over French grapes, vines and seeds to Argentina. Those vines included Malbec, which adapted well to the terrior of Argentina as it thrived in the clay and limestone soils. Malbec did so well in Argentina, that it became its star varietal.
The history of Malbec begins in France where the grape was one of six grapes allowed in the blending of Bordeaux wines. The French consider the Malbec grape like a brother to the Merlot grape so it was surprising that this varietal’s popularity decreased after 1956 when a frost killed off the majority of the Malbec vines in France. By this time Malbec was already established worldwide as the grape of Argentina.
The Malbec grape is known for its dark ink like color. You will find a range of flavors from the Malbec grape. These flavors include flowers, berries, clove, vanilla and mocha. The grape produces a wine that can be velvety, soft and delicate depending of the region the grape is grown in. One finds a wine that is not necessarily dense yet very refreshing with the perfect amount of acidity.
In celebration of Malbec World Day here are three Malbecs you might consider sharing at your table this Sunday.
Trivento’s 2013 Golden Reserve Malbec is deep purple in color. It is rich with velvety textures. In fact you will find that the aromas disseminate those two qualities. On the nose there is mocha, leather and dark cherry. One finds dark fruits especially cherry. The wine is very full bodied smooth and balanced. Trivento means three winds. It represents the winds that affect the vineyards in Argentina including the Sudestada, a southeast wind with cool and cold breezes that can often lead to a summer storm that invigorates the grapes.
You might call Rutini 2012 Malbec a perfect union of the terroir, the vines and grapes. This is a bright Malbec considering its depth and complexity. The wine has aromas of dark fruit, blackberry and clove. It dark purple color sets the stage for rich, velvety and silky textures along with flavors of blackberry, currents and clove.
Rutini’s 2014 Trumpeter Malbec is a very drinkable wine especially for its price point at around $11.99. This is a very fruit forward wine with sweeter flavors of berries. It will remind you of blackberry pie. The fragrant aromas of plum and violets are enticing. At the same time the wine is rich and luscious. This is definitely a yummy wine.
Finally there is Bodega Septima 2014 Malbec. With its thick texture the wine displays dark fruit especially plum, leather, mocha. It is a smoky young wine from the Luján de Cuyo region. The winery name, Septima means seven and is derived from the fact that this is the seventh winery owned by Codorniu-Raventós Family, one of the oldest winemaking families in Spain.
You cannot go wrong with any of these wines. They all represent an outstanding examples of what this varietal and Mendoza, Argentina can produce. It time to left up your glass of Malbec with family and friends giving a toast of celebration to Malbec World Day.