World Malbec Day was Thursday, April 17 and I was so glad my son could share in it with me. When Michael told me he was coming to visit last Thursday I was thrilled! I told him we had some nice wines to tastes and critique but that he had to tweet about it. At 22 he is a huge wine enthusiast,but not that active on twitter, well until that evening.
I must say, the years he spent at home watching Paul and I every evening sharing in a glass of wine and analyze it, certainly rubbed off. He’s a chip off the old block, or should I say “the grape doesn’t fall far from the vine.”
We began the evening with the two whites which we both really enjoyed. If I had to pick a favorite of the whites it would have been a tie.
The Amado Sur Chardonnay, Mendoza Argentina produced by Trivento is a blend of 78% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Grigio and 10% Viognier. Nice lime and floral notes with expressions of honeydew melon and pear on the palate. Nice acidity. You can really taste all the flavor profiles of all three varietals blending nicely together. I served this wine with chicken & broccoli stir fry with soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Paired nicely. SRP $14
Torrontes…the white grape of Argentina. The 2013 Leo Torrontes comes from the Dona Elsa Vineyards situated in Rama Caida, San Rafael, Mendoza 760 meters above sea level. The grapes are crushed and fermented over 10 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine is released after bottling.
A really nice fact about this wine is a portion of the proceeds of the sale of the wine go to Leo Messi Charity Foundation that focuses on health care and educational development of socially-disadvantaged children. SRP $16.99
Now about the wine…aromas of grapefruit, lime with a meadow of flowers filled the glass. The palate was crisp, flavors of green apple and a hint of peach with some kiwi on the finish. Michael thinks this will be a great beach wine!
Now we are into the #winechat and Michael who isn’t a tweeter is really getting into it. I was so surprised, but then again, he’s watched me for years. Even though he was sitting next to me, we weren’t talking to each and when I saw his tweets I looked at him and was so proud at his observances.
The last wine of the evening was the 2012 Trivento Malbec Reserve. Strong aromas of raspberry and plum filled the glass. The wine was very “jammy” as Michael put it. I got lots of raspberry jam and blackberry with nice tannins. This was one of the favorites of the evening. SRP $11