#NWTW: Argentine Malbec
New Wine This Week
My buddies over at Please Bring Me My Wine and Confessions of a Wine Geek are running a year long project of a New Wine This Week. Over on Twitter, you can search on #NWTW and see what’s up.
#NWTW Week 37: Argentine Malbec
I like Argentine Malbec as a “fireplace wine”, but I only drink it with rich, ripe ribs and when I’m drinking a wine without food. It’s not one of my normal wines, as it’s often just too ripe. One of my favorite things about the #NWTW project is that it can force me to reconsider opinions previously formed. This week, I’ve been won over to Argentine Malbec as a wine worth having in the cellar.
Leftovers with Argentine Malbec
Julie was out for dinner for a work function on Thursday night, and you know what that means: lamb chops! I had two leftover for Saturday lunch, so I decided to give my #NWTW buddies, Mike and Anthony (Ant), a chance to pair the leftover lamb chops with an Argentine Malbec.
Malbec with Lamb Chop & Kale Salad
I had Kale, leftover lamb chops and spaghetti squash in the frig, and heirloom tomatoes from the CSA box. Add a little real balsamic vinegar, and Saturday lunch is served! The balsamic vinegar was a key item in this pairing, it had the rich sweetness that provided a perfect bridge to the wine.
Catena Malbec “High Mountain Vines” 2012 ($20 locally)
Eye: Inky dark red, edges tend toward purple
Nose: Smoky, blackberries, a little pepper.
Mouth: More red fruit in the flavor, medium tannins. Ripe, but not overly jammy
Have you revisited a wine previously written off? Maybe this is the week you’ll try!