Today is Malbec World Day! In honor of the celebration, I had the chance to participate in #SommChat on Twitter and chat with winemaker Aurelio Montes from Kaiken Winery. We tasted two of his Malbec blends and had a Q & A regarding Malbec and Argentinean wines.
I really enjoyed the Kaiken “Terrioir Series” Corte 2011. It is a blend of 80% Malbec, 12% Bonarda, and 8% Petit Verdot from Mendoza. The palate is rich and flavorful with notes of dark, ripe fruit and spice. A great choice to pair with summer grilling!
And don’t mistakenly think Malbec is made in one style from one region. My favorite Malbec wines come from Cahors in France. One well-priced bottle that never disappoints comes from Clos La Coutale and is imported by Kermit Lynch. Full of dark fruit flavor with noticeably more acidity than most of the wines coming out of Argentina. It really delivers for around $14!
So, what are you waiting for? Uncork a bottle of Malbec and join in on the Malbec World Day celebration!