Feeling a bit under the weather today, cold and flu season is definitely in full swing. My nose isn’t all the way stuffed up though so I figured one small glass of wine couldn’t hurt.
I go back and forth on Malbec, on one hand I find there’s a lot more of the fruity stuff being made out there. Don’t get me wrong these are often pleasant enough but they lack any real complexity or interest. Certainly not a wine to intellectualize over. I’ve always thought of Malbec as a friendly compromise between Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Ever go out to dinner and one person wants a light Pinot and the other a big Cab? I know I’ve encountered this one on a few occasions and when the budget isn’t there and the list isn’t large the go to happens to be a Malbec. When I was just starting to drink wine it was Trapiche Broquel and Las Moras Malbec that helped me make the change from white wine to red. Like just about any wine there’s usually a time and a place.
This Malbec defies all those other stereotypes that I’ve described. Sure it lacks the structure and lasting power of the 2011 Catena Zapata Malbec but with that wine having an average price of $100+ this $30 alternative is definitely worth checking out. I first had/posted this wine back in April for World Malbec Day. It was really just an excuse to justify spending $35 on a bottle of Malbec now looking back on it
The 2011 El Enemigo Malbec opens with blackberry, plum and violets. This wine seems to have come into perfect balance as the tannins have relinquished some of their earlier grip. Further notes on this wine were of anise, espresso and chocolate. medium + body and a delicious medium + chocolatey finish.
Have a favourite Malbec? Would love to hear what it is.
Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!