Monday, February 15, 2010

And a not so good Malbec

Last night we headed out to a steak house that one of our drivers recommended. Note to self - when visiting a foreign country, you're likely better off taking restaurant and bar advice from people in your own age group, not a 60 year old driver! Then again, it really doesn't matter as long as there's a wine list, eh?

We decided to try something we hadn't seen in the states and we ended up having a bottle of Niente Malbec with dinner last night. NOT impressive. It was not balanced at all. The alcohol masked any sort of fruit. Unfortunately, I could not find an image to post on here. But with a bad wine, does it really matter?!? At the end of the evening, our server gave us a glass of Niente's Reserve. It was definitely better - much smoother - but the over-abundance of alcohol flavor was replaced with an over-abundance of oak flavor. Suffice it to say, I'm hoping we do not encounter this label in Mendoza!

Our server also gave us each a glass of complimentary sparkling wine. It was lovely. Semi-dry with a great citrus nose and mouth. I asked the server what it was and she explained it was a sparkler out of Mendoza called Charmont (or maybe Charmant). If I knew more than 10 words of Spanish, I would have asked to see the bottle, but unfortunately, that's all I have to go on. So now I'm on a mission to find some good sparklers in Mendoza - not a bad goal. Of course considering all the money I blew on leather goods today (I'm having a leather jacket being custom made for me as I type this), I might not be able to afford anymore wine!!

That said, until the next sniff, sip or quaff,


Alli M.


Jill Levin said...

I love bubbly, so when you find good stuff, let me know! Have fun down there! I'm jealous!

elliej said...

In spite of the inferior wine in this post, it sounds like you're having a fabulous time in Argentina. Hooray!!!

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