A Wine Lover’s Weekly Review Of $10 Wines – A Kosher Malbec From Argentina

The red Malbec is almost Argentina’s signature grape. Over the years I have reviewed several Malbecs, but this is my first Kosher one. The wine producer’s web site is under construction, I just clicked right now to give them one last chance, San Martin is located in the north center of the Mendoza province about halfway up the country and not far from the Chilean border. This province accounts for about two thirds of the country’s wine production. It has a continental climate and the world’s most elevated vineyards. We may assume that the grapes in this bottle had not been grown halfway up to the sky. The area is moving from local, virtually unknown grape varieties into Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and of course Malbec. The companion wine is a Spanish Kosher Tempranillo at a few dollars more.

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Wine Reviewed Emuna Malbec Kosher For Passover Mevushal No Vintage 13.2 % alcohol $10.

There were no marketing materials and the back label was short and in Spanish only. And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was a little harsh and short, but it was round. The initial meal centered on a roast salmon filet marinated in a mixture of cumin, black pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, and real maple syrup. In response our Malbec displayed some power and roundness as it lengthened a bit. Store bought potato pancakes brought plums to the fore of my glass. When paired with a medley of sauteed red peppers, onions, and mushrooms our Mendoza friend got longer and longer. But fresh raspberries for dessert rendered the wine virtually inexistent.

My next meal started off with a homemade vegetable soup. This rendered Red slightly too sweet and imparted the taste of light plums and a subtlety well beyond my expectations for a $10 wine. The main dish of baked chicken thighs made the libation powerful and long with lots of fruit, balanced acidity, and light tannins. Things worked out much the same for the side dish of chickpeas in tomato sauce except that the drink was somewhat softened.

The focus of the third meal was a slice of slow cooked beef that rendered the drink powerful, displaying good acidity and plums. Things were basically the same when this wine was paired alongside green peas and coriander. Slices of white potatoes cooked with the meat softened the drink’s acidity. Generous dollops of green Yemeni jalepeno pepper sauce on the meat rendered the liquid peppery.

Final verdict. If I need a Kosher wine I would definitely buy this one again. However, if I’m not going Kosher it came up a bit short.

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