2009 Mapema Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

We tasted this wine as part of Malbec Day, a worthwhile promotion that I wholeheartedly support and will look forward to for many years to come. I was excited to taste the 2009 Mapema Malbec as I had tried their Tempranillo from 2005 a while back and thought it was really good too. It seems Mapema is a label to keep your eye out for especially if you appreciate quality red wine at a reasonable price. This 2009 Malbec had all the bells and whistles these wines are known for bringing the dusty rain soaked fully ripe fruit aromas to the forefront. The dark fruit and anise flavors are seductively pronounced and they hold up after the initial impression. Great wine making technique is showcased in the balance of fruit and acidity that really expresses itself during the pleasurable finish.

I served the Mapema Malbec with Empanada Arabes to start then some grass fed Oregon Prime Strip Steaks grilled on cherry wood and accompanied by the prerequisite chimichurri, black beans, plantains and jasmine cilantro rice, a match made in heaven.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $21 | 13.9% ABV