Wine Tasting - New Releases of Argentine Malbec|
August 27th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
We will be tasting new releases of Argentine Malbec, for inclusion on our list. Laura Thompson of Artisanal Cellars, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. One of the traditional "Bordeaux varietals", Malbec has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends. Malbec truly comes into its own in Argentina, where it is the major red varietal planted. Much of the Malbec vines there were transplanted from Europe prior to the outbreak of phylloxera and most is therefore ungrafted, planted on their own roots. Sadly, over the years, phylloxera has infested Argentina, too, and vineyards are now being replanted on resistant rootstock. Argentines often spell it "Malbeck" and make wines from it that are similar in flavor to those made in Europe, but with softer, lusher structure, more like New World Merlot. Another difference: where French examples are usually considered short-lived, Argentine Malbecs seem to age fairly well. Successful Argentine Malbec growers claim that, in order to develop full maturity and distinction, Malbec needs "hang time" even after sugar levels indicate ripeness. Otherwise, immature Malbec can be very "green" tasting, without its characteristic notes of plum and anise. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Esencias de la Terra, Mendoza 2011
Tiasta, Mendoza 2013
Esencias de la Terra, "Oak", Mendoza 2007
Hacienda dl Plata, "Zagal", Mendoza 2011
Hacienda dl Plata, "Mayoral/Grand Reserve", Mendoza 2009
Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.
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