A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wine – A Malbec From Mendoza, Argentina

I really find it hard to believe that in this day and age a winery has no website. Of course we want to judge them on their wine, and not on their web skills. So Establecimiento Baudron of Maipu, Mendoza, Argentina is going to miss out on some free publicity. Malbec is Argentina’s signature red grape and Mendoza is the major wine producing area of this major wine country. This high-altitude region in the foothills of the Andes is home to some 30 thousand grape growers. As is more and more the case for Argentinian and other wines, today’s offering is Kosher. The companion wine is a slightly more expensive Chilean Malbec/Syrah blend that is also Kosher.

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Wine Reviewed Terrenal Mendoza Malbec KPM 2007 13 % alcohol about $9.50.

There were no marketing materials so let’s start by quoting the back label. “Origin: This wine is made from grapes harvested in Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The unique combination of excellent weather and soil characteristics of this valley allows grapes to achieve ideal ripening conditions.” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was rather flat and light in acidity. It tasted of dark plums. I started with Japanese rice crackers that improved the drink’s acidity. With a Wasabi pea its acidity became OK. The initial meal was a boxed Ziti Siciliano that I freely doused with grated Parmesan cheese. This Argentinian was short and had harsh acidity; it was too sour. On the positive side it was oaky and displayed dark fruit. Fresh strawberries overwhelmed the liquid.

The following meal featured slow cooked beef with potatoes. Now Mendy offered the taste of dark plums but was slightly sour and fairly short. Louisiana hot sauce hadn’t any effect on this drink. When paired with the potatoes the wine darkened but its acidity worsened. A Turkish salad made with tomato, tomato paste, onion, sweet red pepper, garlic, sugar, and other spices rendered the drink mellow and dark.

My final meal centered on a rather tasteless barbecued chicken leg. Now the wine was oaky and long displaying not only dark fruit but also a tinge of salt. When paired with potatoes roasted in chicken fat the salt intensified, at least at first. Veggies were delicious leeks sauteed in olive oil. The wine returned, but was thinner.

Final verdict. Sometimes decisions are hard to make, but not this one. I will not buy said wine again, except perhaps for a Turkish salad tasting. My closest wine store offers a few bottles of this producer’s Cabernet Sauvignon at the same price. So what.

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten computer and Internet books, but drinking fine Iwine with good company. He loves teaching computer classes at an Ontario French-language community college. His global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com features a weekly review of $10 wines. His Italiian  travel website is http://www.travelitalytravel.com .

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