Source: Dallas Morning News
October 2, 2013
By Rebecca Murphy
Argentina has put wines made from the malbec grape on the world stage. Malbec is the grape used in the “black wines of Cahors” in France, and it was grown at one time in Bordeaux. It did not really begin to capture mind space until the Argentine version came to town.
Malbec is not the only grape in Argentina, and this wine shows that it plays well with others — namely bonarda, also known as charbono, and tempranillo. It’s a veritable fruit bowl of flavors: black plums, red cherries, black cherries and strawberries, doused with a sprinkle of woody spices. It’s all corralled by savory acidity and mellow tannins. Enjoy it with a burger or a side of baby back ribs.
Alamos wines are a project of the wine-pioneering Nicholas Catena family in Mendoza. The city sits at about 2,500 feet, with a spectacular view of the Andes Mountains. In the province of Mendoza, vineyards are planted up to nearly 6,000 feet. Eighty percent of Argentine wine comes from this province.
The high altitude means more direct sunlight, which means more color and flavor in the grapes. It’s also high desert, with warm daytime temperatures to ripen fruit and very cool nighttime temperatures to maintain acidity that makes for freshness in a wine.