Saturday, December 5, 2015
Alamos - A Nice, Affordable Malbec
I've always enjoyed pinot noir when I drink wine, though I can appreciate a really nice zinfandel or one of the many interesting red-blends out there these days. There are even a few merlots that really intrigue me. However, the malbec from Argentina is a wine that really appeals to my palate. The malbec - in my novice opinion - bridges the gap between the full flavor of a cabernet sauvignon and the soft delicate nature of the pinot noir. That said, malbec is a relative unknown for the average American, and I don't have a lot of great names to point to. In fact, I enjoyed a great malbec in Vail recently, but can't recall the name. Thus, on a recent trip to my neighborhood shop DTC Wine and Spirits, I engaged in a great malbec discussion with one of their "wine guys." He recommended Alamaos from Mendoza, Argentina as "their most popular Malbec." At $10.99 this wine is both quite affordable and drinkable. My wife does not enjoy a heavy red, and rarely enjoys the cabs I drink. But she found this quite to her liking. Alamos Malbec is a great introduction to malbec, the red wine gem of South America.