“Malbec mon amour”: A Love Letter and Much More

“Malbec mon amour” is a new book devoted to Malbec and Argentina

“Malbec mon amour”: Grape and Family History
Are you a Malbec fan? If so, you’ll want to search out the new Malbec mon amour, authored by Laura Catena and Alejandro Vigil. Laura is well known as the managing director at Bodega Catena Zapata and Alejandro is the long-time director of winemaking there.

This book will surprise you! The first few chapters are a love letter to the Malbec grape and wine. Starting with a history of the grape in Europe and continuing through its path to Argentina, the illustrations and writing are engaging and entertaining, never stuffy.

Disclosure: I received the book and 1/2 bottle of wine for review purposes. No other compensation was involved, all opinions expressed are mine.

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Wine Geek Nerdy Details
After a few chapters of beautiful illustrations and entertaining prose, the discussion takes a technical turn that wine enthusiasts will love. Still entertaining and engaging, the illustrations turn to the technical factors at the heart of why Argentine Malbec is something special. The text delves into the latitude and altitude, the climate, geology of the region. The area around Mendoza is at the lower limit of latitude (around 30 deg. S) for successfully growing high quality wine grapes. However, thanks to a location in the foothills of the Andes mountains, the altitude ranges from 1600 to over 5000 feet above sea level. The altitude brings cooler overall temperatures and marked cooling at night. The sunlight is particularly intense given both the low latitude and the high altitude. These factors combine in a way that is rarely replicated.

The Catena family has a long history with Malbec in Argentina. They have always been looking for the best vineyard locations, followed by a search for the Malbec clones best suited for the local conditions. After setting the stage for the region, individual vineyard parcels are examined. Here the reader discovers details on each of Catena Zapata’s top vineyards. The Adrianna vineyard is perhaps the gem in the crown at Catena Zapata, the book covers in detail why this is so.

Details about individual vineyards are creatively shared.

Finally, a fun surprise matching various Catena Zapata wines with music. I never expected to see Kurt Cobain in a Malbec memoir!

The book wraps up pairing wine with music!

This is a book any Malbec fan would enjoy. You can purchase a copy via Amazon, here.

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