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Wine Review: Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009

April 6th, 2011 No comments

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009

Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009

Since my introduction to the Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009, it has become a staple in my home.  I’m always prepared with a few extra bottles in the event of unexpected guests. This Argentinean wine has a beautiful nose of berries, dark fruit, spices, and a trace of violet.  It is nicely balanced and smooth, with an exquisite finish that lingers and delights.  With three months of exposure to American and French oak interstaves prior to bottling, this affordable wine has quite a bit of personality.  And like most Argentinean Malbecs, this wine pairs well with grilled burgers, steak, other meat items, as well as with hearty salads and even dark chocolate! 

Be warned, however!  If you are aging this wine, it is recommended that you drink it within five years for optimal flavor.  This is a wine with a short life span.  The suggested serving temperature is 60° F, though I find it opens better at 62° F.  This is one of those instances where a wine cabinet or chiller comes in handy to regulate the exact serving temperature of this and other wines.  If you’re a big Malbec fan, the Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2009 will not let you down, especially given its affordable price!

All the Pretty Colors

April 4th, 2011 No comments

horse yawn from bobbisworld-dontchaknow.blogspot.comThough much of the emphasis of wine tasting is placed on scent and taste, appearance has an important part to play, too.  Like being able to tell the age of a horse by studying the appearance of its teeth (their shape, number of permanent teeth, angles of incidence, and disappearance of cups), visually evaluating a wine is equally informative.  A wine’s appearance allows one to estimate its actual age, quality, and purity.  Similar the four ways used to examine a horse’s teeth, there are things to look for when examining wine.

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Among them are color, clarity, brightness.  A wine’s color changes as the wine ages.  Older reds appear somewhat tawny, while younger reds are more robust, sometimes with a subtle hint of blue.  Sweet white wines initially look crisply golden, but take on more brown over time.  Dry whites appear very clear at birth, but don a darker, amber shade with age. As a given, the clearer a wine appears the fewer deposits or particles it has.  (Clear wines are ideal, and decanting is not as necessary–though often recommended, depending on the circumstances.)  Lastly, the brightness of a wine denotes its energy and acidity.  A shockingly bright wine is a young wine, a somewhat-bright wine has reached a nice maturity, and a lackluster wine has passed its prime.  While you shouldn’t “look a gift horse in the mouth,” examining your wine for visual clues about its age and personality is not a bad idea.

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A Springtime Rose: the 2010 Triennes Rosé

April 1st, 2011 2 comments

2010 Triennes Rosé

The first rosé of the year has arrived just in time for spring, and spring-like it its!  For a longtime fan of rosés, this beauty certainly does not disappoint!  Made from an exquisite blend of Syrah, Cinsault, Merlot, and Grenache grapes, the proportions of grapes in the 2010 Triennes Rosé were expertly chosen.  The merlot flavor, in particular, is more subdued than expected, being used as a traditional blending grape, with a delicate hint of softness and plum flavor perfect for use in a rosé.  And the 2010 Triennes Rosé was bottled young enough to keep the wine exceptionally fresh, unlike rosés I will not mention from previous years.

The 2010 Triennes Rosé is everything you’d expect from a wine where the grapes were harvested at just the right time–not too early, and not too late after ripening.  This helps explain why this rosé is elegantly balanced and delightfully aromatic with a luxurious nose that is sure to evoke an “ahhhh” of pleasure.  If you have never tried a rosé before, the 2010 Triennes Rosé should be your first.  It sets the perfect standard by which you can adequately judge rosés you encounter in the future.

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