A surprisingly bright and fruity Malbec Rose

Friday, December 25, 2009

Brand NameThe Wait
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Wine NameMalbec Rose
Vintage (Year)2008
AVAMendoza Province
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeMalbec
Wine GroupsLadykillers
Alcohol %14%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

In the past five years, many interesting things have been introduced in the American market in the category of blush/rose wines. I have had ones made from Tempranillo, Syrah/Shiraz, and possibly even Merlot. However, the best one that I had was made from Malbec, and it was a very smoky and deep beauty.

So, this time around, I was expecting something similar, and boy was I surprised. This rose's color reminds me of a deep, rich pink. It's nose is very floral. It's taste is very fruity, popping with strawberry and possibly a couple of other fruit tastes such as a light raspberry, but almost wholly consumed between strawberry and maybe something light lemongrass. At the end of the sip, the letoff cascades into citrus flavors, which is definitely an interesting twist. The taste definitely hides the alcohol level, and this wine can easily get you in a couple of glasses, being 14%.

This wine is perfect for lighter fare (seafood, salads, chicken) and great for those that want to move away from White Zinfandel, but still retain a sweet flavor. However, this isn't on sugar overload.

While I am still stuck on that other Malbec Rose, I will say that this will still make a good component to any wine collection, and would be a definite partner for a nice, cold pasta salad.


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