Perhaps self-serving as a comment – Mr. Rolland now makes wine on six continents and in over 12 countries – he also revealed something magical about the modern wine world. New regions around the globe are constantly being explored and planted, often with stunning results. And a willingness to explore beyond the common Merlot is now greatly rewarded – both in terms of flavor and dollars spent.
A perfect example of this is Argentinian Malbec.
Malbec hails from Cahors, France. In Cahors, Malbec is a wine of pungent aromatic intensity, smelling like a sun-drenched, sweaty horse and known as “the black wine”. But in Argentina, Malbec undergoes a magical change. And you can taste the magic in La Puerta Malbec.
Developing fruit character is the key to farming Malbec, and to this end La Puerta winery looked not to Mendoza, the typical – and more expensive – area for growing Argentinian Malbec, but to Famatina, further north. There, planting on rows parallel to the rising sun, the grapes are drenched in warmth. And you can taste it: La Puerta Malbec offers layer upon layer of fruit flavors starting with ripe black cherries but then developing into kirsch, black currants and sultana raisins. The finish lingers with these flavors, adding a hint of chocolate from the winery’s deft use of older oak barrels.
Refining their Malbec further, La Puerta planted at the highest elevations they could, nearly 4,000 feet. This develops a freshness to their Malbec, bringing an intensity unmatched in the region. The aroma of the wine is lifted up, expounding the welcoming smell of freshly baked blueberry cobbler. The palate is vibrant, encouraging all to drink deeply and share in its refreshment.
Yes, the Famatina Valley and La Puerta Malbec are relatively unknown. But, if we listen to Mr. Rolland’s esteemed advice, we may be discovering one fraction of the 90% of new, great wines.
2010 La Puerta Malbec
Suggested List Price: $10.99
Special price via this email: $7.99
And no Argentinian Malbec is complete without steak!
Dry Cured Flank Steak with Chimmichurri:
We will taste this wine Friday and Saturday.
All orders must be secured with a name, credit card number, and phone number. All orders will be available at the time of purchase. Half case (5%) and full case discounts (10%) do apply to this special offer.
When the wine is ordered your credit card will be charged. The wine will be held in climate controlled conditions until you are ready to pick it up, free of charge. Offer is good while supplies last.
Tim Hansen and Les Huisman shared the editing desk across this prodigious piece!