Melipal Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina


The Melipal Malbec has had a beacon shining on it in the form of high hundred-point ratings and a very reasonable price. Luckily, this wine has appeal beyond that of simple accounting.

 

The Melipal Malbec is a really good wine because it get’s everything right. First on the nose you immediately appreciate the quality integration of the fruit and the wood. If wood is the woofer and fruit is the tweeter, the Melipal’s balanced approach makes sure the mid-range is round and punchy.

 

The gulp shows typical Mendocino gusto, some leather and tobacco, ripefruit, strong tannic sturctures, and a refreshingly smooth texture. I enjoy Malbecs that show a herbaceous/savoury side, and the 2009 Melipal delivered some bay leaf. Score.

 

Musical Match: I had #wineandmusic matched the Melipal Malbec Rosé with Corinne Bailey-Rae, so who will step up and be the CBR’s darker twin sister? Ella. Ella Fitzgerald scats through a blues version of the “One Note Samba” It ain’t Jobim. Like the wine Ella opens up with a very big, balanced voice and keeps it smooth all the way through.

 

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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