With so much Malbec showing up on the shelves of wine retailers, sometimes I feel afloat in a sea of choices as a wine consumer. As popular varieties go, Malbec does not have a long history here in the states despite being the second oldest winery in Argentina. It was a pleasure to be introduced to the  Graffigna Centenario Reserve Argentina Malbec early on. It will be a name I look for at wine retailers and on restaurant wine lists.

There is a well-rounded brightness of fruit represented in the aromas and flavors derived from 12 months aging in 85% French and 15% American oak.  All of the awesome Malbec flavors are represented in this 2010 Graffigna Centenario Reserve Argentina Malbec; something that has been lacking in a few of the Malbec samples we have tasted as of late. Dark berry, smooth mocha and a velvety broad finish makes this a wine to seek out. Serve with roasted or grilled meats or hearty mushroom dishes.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $14 | 14.2% ABV

Graffigna Centenario  Reserve Argentina Malbec