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on restraint and…well, malbec.

Today I am going to shock my readers on two accounts. For one, I have decided I must practice restraint. Like a fine wine that dares not say too much that is readily audible, I am inspired to really embrace the art of blogging and document my impressions of wines I enjoy everyday… in shorter pours. One ounce tastes, so to speak.

But do not fear…

I am, after all, still me, and therefore cannot help but still indulge in verbose vine-atribes once every week or so. This way, however, I can blog more often, and you can learn of some fabulous finds on a more frequent basis without all the excess information.

So then, secondly, along those lines, I will tell you about a Malbec that really caught my interest last night: a 2007 Durigutti Malbec from no other than Argentina’s famed Mendoza region. Many know that I could take or leave this grape. I think they are easy-going and accessible, but rarely do they motivate me to write. I was visiting a friend, whom I know to adore big, full, opulent reds that are generous with fruit and spice. A self-proclaimed old world wine enthusiast, I always like to embrace these dinners as an opportunity to broaden my own horizons, so I went with one I remembered having more than just fun, forward fruit.

This red wears a dazzling, dark purplish hue in the glass (what I would refer to as a ‘Parker’ preferred color—‘inky’ is how he might describe it). It opened up strong with a melody of rich, raspberry jam, dried violets, and blackberries. As opposed to some Malbecs that just fall apart on the palate with lush, unchecked extravagance, this red was more focused and forthright. It had an enticing edge, a serious grip that begged for bigger meat, heavy bbq fare, and aged cheese. The finish, though, was soft and comfortable, persistently pulsating with toasty, vanilla whispers from the throat. With this Malbec, you truly get the best bang for your buck at only $13.99 a bottle.


About mistralwine1982

Originally from Wisconsin, I moved to Colorado in 2005 in order to get closer to the mountains and rock climb. When it occurred to me that I would never make money with that hobby, I went to grad school. I received a masters in English and American Literature from New York University in May of 2009. I have since then opted not to pursue a PhD, for studying and writing about wine is far more fascinating (well, perhaps not moreso than Virginia Woolf, but still… for the long haul?). My favorite wines come from the old world, especially the Rhone, Burgundy, Rioja, Piedmont, and Tuscany. I am also smitten with roses, Italian hard-to-pronounce white varietals, and dessert wines from around the world. By day I run a wine shop. By nite, I sip and tell. It’s rough… but someone must do this.


One thought on “on restraint and…well, malbec.

  1. Vine-atribes….nice!

    Posted by Jared | 09/08/2009, 9:05 am

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