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,