Life is all about balance. And perspective. While we may be confronting the dead of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying the height of summer. At least this is what I remind myself when the cold seemingly seeps through and I need an image to warm my thoughts. Then daydreaming about a trip to Argentina begins to ensue.
But as grand as it would be to take in the tango in San Telmo right now, the harsh reality is this will likely remain a mere vision dancing in my head. Nonetheless, even if we can’t jet to Argentina to enjoy the warmth firsthand, we can uncork a bottle of bold Argentine Malbec to warm the cockles.
Not just any Malbec mind you. While Malbec really is a modern wine success story—the wineries of Argentina deserve credit for making it a global superstar in less than a decade—the truth is that the cultivar’s accelerated rise has led to some mediocre Malbec hitting shelves.
Not to say that one style is superior. Indeed like all wines, Malbec comes in a myriad of styles, from elegant and floral to rustic and meaty. As always, the key to quality is balance: the intermingling of fruit and acidity complemented by integrated oak (as Malbec is typically barrel aged) and the absence of bitterness from overbearing tannins or overt alcohol.
With more than 100 years experience, family-owned and run Mendoza winery Luigi Bosca knows a thing or two about making wine in Argentina. Made from grapes grown and hand-harvested in the family’s Finca La Linda vineyard in the Luján de Cuyo subregion of Mendoza Province, their Reserva Malbec is the definition of supple. It’s flush with plum and vanilla, backed by a nice assimilated kiss of wood thanks to 12 months aging in French oak barrels, while a languid finish rounds things out in this pliant yet elegant Malbec.
It’s the type of wine that commands one to crank on the fire and load up the crock pot; a bottle that will certainly help ward off the winter chills, though unlikely to stop the warm destination daydreaming.
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