Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Santa Julia Reserve - Malbec

Price: $9.99
Region: Argentina
Year: 2009

Wow, it really has been a long time since my last review. It must be the time of year with vacation, and the kids being out of school, but whatever the case, I always seem to fall off in the months of July and August. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things starting now. As is usually the case, I certainly do not have a lack of wines to write about as I've made sure to keep up with my weekly purchases and note taking.

So, the one thing I have really noticed recently is that I have been leaning towards grabbing a Malbec whenever I am in doubt of what to buy. I really have quite a few I could review, but I decided to pick one that I had recently and was fairly fresh in my mind. This was one actually that my wife picked out one Friday evening. She was making burritos, so it was a fairly casual dinner with what we were hoping was a nice bottle of wine. When I poured my first glass, the adjective that immediately came to mind was "grapey". This wine really did have a hue that reminded me of grape jelly, but just a little bit darker. When I went to give the glass a swirl, and take in the smell, I immediately noticed a very bold aroma. As strong as it was, it was also very pleasant. It was really quite nice I then took a sip, and tasted a very smooth and consistent wine that really had a nice blackberry flavor. The taste really had good length, and there just wasn't much to complain about. For about $10, this one is really worth a try.

Rating: 3.5 corks (I'm liking Malbec these days)