2011 El Enemigo Malbec

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. IMG_1759

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!

Cheers,
Ben

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2011 Terre Rouge Sierra Foothills Mourvedre

Just a quick post for this evening. I’ve just been tasting through some of the more unique bottles I have over the last few weeks and decided to use the Coravin to tap this one this evening.

While I’ve had a few interesting single varietal Mourvedre wines in the past this is the first from California. The other a variety from Southern France and Spain where GSM (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) blends are common. Some producers make FullSizeRender (4)single varietal wines from these grapes although most of them lack complexity and don’t happen to be very interesting. Perhaps one of my favourites is the Spanish Juan Gil Monastrell.

As for this wine it’s from the Sierra Foothills and I would strongly encourage you to check out the exciting wines that Terre Rouge are making. This wine had notes of black cherry, plum, backing spices, earth and a smoky minerality on the nose with further redcurrant, blackcurrant, red cherry, forest floor and mineral character on the palate. A big wine with medium + acidity, rounding tannins and a medium + finish. Really a joy to drink and while this wine was distinctive, it honestly reminded me of a good old vine California Zinfandel in many ways. Definitely encourage you to check this one out. It’s worth a look!

Had a California Mourvedre or single varietal wine that you thought was a little bit unusual but turned out to be delicious? Would love to hear about it!

Cheers,
Ben