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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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Drinking Tonight: La Finca Malbec

A cheap ($5) bottle from Mendoza, Argentina.  I’m not expecting much, but I’ll be pleasantly surprised if it’s varietally correct and has no rough edges – a good wine to serve at big parties, for not much more than 2-Buck-Chuck. I’m having this with steak salad.

Photo0227Color: Nice reddish-purple.

Aroma: plum, cherry, and spice – a mix of fresh fruit and stewed fruit.

Taste: That’s more than decent for a cheap Malbec; a mix of fruit and spice washing over the tongue, with just a touch of vanilla from the oak. Nice length on the finish, good with beef.

This isn’t a fruit-forward California style, but should be more than good enough for a large crowd of casual wine-drinkers or a carryout cheeseburger for dinner. Recommended.