I couldn't find it, so I found its cousin
The red Malbec is almost Argentina’s signature grape. Over the years I have reviewed several Malbecs, but this is my first Kosher one. The wine producer’s web site is under construction, I just clicked right now to give them one last chance, San Martin is located in the north center of the Mendoza province about halfway up the country and not far from the Chilean border. This province accounts for about two thirds of the country’s wine production. It has a continental climate and the world’s most elevated vineyards. We may assume that the grapes in this bottle had not been grown halfway up to the sky. The area is moving from local, virtually unknown grape varieties into Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and of course Malbec. The companion wine is a Spanish Kosher Tempranillo at a few dollars more.
There were no marketing materials and the back label was short and in Spanish only. And now for my review.
At the first sips this wine was a little harsh and short, but it was round. The initial meal centered on a roast salmon filet marinated in a mixture of cumin, black pepper, cumin, coriander seeds, and real maple syrup. In response our Malbec displayed some power and roundness as it lengthened a bit. Packaged potato pancakes brought plums to the fore of my glass. When paired with a medley of sautéed red peppers, onions, and mushrooms our Mendoza friend got longer and longer. But fresh raspberries for dessert rendered the wine virtually inexistent.
My next meal started with a homemade vegetable soup. This rendered Red a bit too sweet and imparted the taste of light plums and a subtlety well beyond my expectations for a $10 wine. The main dish of baked chicken thighs made the libation powerful and long with lots of fruit, balanced acidity, and light tannins. Things worked out much the same for the side dish of chickpeas in tomato sauce but the drink was somewhat softened.
The focus of the third meal was a slice of slow cooked beef that made the drink powerful, displaying good acidity and plums. Things were basically the same when this wine was paired with green peas and coriander. Slices of white potatoes cooked with the meat softened the drink’s acidity. Generous gobs of green Yemeni jalepeno pepper sauce on the meat rendered the liquid peppery.
Final verdict. If I need a Kosher wine I would definitely buy this one again. However, if I’m not going Kosher it came up a bit short.Access the companion wine Another Kosher Spanish Tempranillo.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com and http://www.wineinyourdiet.com
Visit his website devoted to italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com
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