Category: "Malbec"

2007 Tamarí Malbec Reserva

March 6th, 2009

This is a Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina. In Huarpe, the language indigenous to Mendoza, Tamarí means "to do everything with passion." The name is as much poetic as it is indicative of the quality of this wine. Much to my chagrin, in most markets Tamarí Malbec is a restaurant-only wine. I will have to accept that this a very tasty, deep purple wine with its soft tannins will only be mine on a night out. And I am lucky to have a place locally that serves it. I find this wine drinkable right away, but it may benefit from any time you can let it breathe. I'll just come out and say it, This is the best Malbec I've had.

A bottle of the 2007 Tamarí Malbec would run you $10-12 retail, and I would probably have a case in my closet cellar right now if I could get my hands on one.

2006 Terrazas de los Andes Malbec

January 13th, 2009

I've had the pleasure to taste (and buy two bottles of) the 2005 Malbec Reserva from Terrazas de los Andes, which I really liked. That wine runs $25-30, so I was excited to see this 2006 (non-Reserva) for less than $15. The wine has a brilliant dark color that you expect from a malbec. It has a fuller flavor, like a cabernet, but without the tannic dryness. This was less complex than the Reserva, but that was expected. I still enjoyed this wine and would buy it again. I think this now means that I will keep an eye out for the other Terrazas de los Andes varietals and vintages.