Thursday, May 15, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Malbec from Argentina - 2009 Riglos Gran Malbec

During a recent trip to sunny California we were meeting up with some family for lunch, and I wasn't sure if it would be an opportunity for some BYOB to go with lunch - so we found a wine shop close to the restaurant just in case. The Wine Exchange in Orange, California is a great shop - I only wish I had more time to shop there.  One of the sales people asked where we were from, and when we told him hot, hot Arizona he let us know we could order wine anytime and they would hold and ship when the weather is right. If you live in that area - check them out! If you don't, check out their website.

I purchased two bottles, a Reserve Muga Rioja, and looking for something versatile, I went to my all time favorite versatile grape - Malbec.  We didn't end up doing BYOB at lunch, but brought this baby home to enjoy.

Wine: 2009 Finca Las Divas Riglos Gran Malbec
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Grape Varieties: Malbec
Obtained from: Purchased at Wine Exchange, Orange, CA
Price: $22.00
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: The wine is clear with a purple core and pinkish rim.
Aroma: Dark fruit like blackberries and plums, licorice and a hint of smokiness.  Not restrained at all - very nice!
Taste: Wow! What a great find.  Just a random Malbec from a winery I didn't recognize in the spirit of trying something new.  Absolutely wonderful - lots of fruit, with a very long, very excellent finish. Great balance, nice level of acidity and firm but not too harsh tannins.

The Grade: I give this one an A+ I really love this wine. I only wish I tried this wine with some food, I think it would have rocked. Amazing value at under $25 - if you get a chance you should try this wine - especially if you are a fan of Malbec. If you aren't a fan - this wine may convert you!  Enjoy!

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