Drinking Tonight: Bodega Elena de Mendoza Malbec

Recovering from the turkey yesterday with some salad and cheese. Just a simple little Malbec to set off the caramelized-onion cheddar.

This wine is named after the family matriarch, one of the wave of Italian immigrants who settled in Argentina in the 19th century and formed the backbone of their wine industry.

Bodega Elena de Mendoza Malbec (2011) Mendoza, Argentina – $10

Photo0280Color: dark, dark purple.

Aroma: not that big, but a good balance between plummy fruit and nutmeg-ginger-pepper spice.

Taste: dense and full – more spice, plums, and blueberry. The tannins really hit you on the finish, along with some oaky vanilla and more nutmeg. Surprisingly long finish.

A pretty good bottle for just $10 – pick some up if you see it.

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