The Mendel Malbec is like a good kiss, it starts fruity but the most memorable part is the pull away.
Both on the nose and in the gulp, you get smacked with warm, ripe fruit and then the long, lingering dry pull away.
What is quite impressive with the taste of the wine is that it remains a young and drinkable 2009 vintage, but the tannins tell you that this is not a wine-night stand. The fruits tastes of natural berries, with some green characteristics as well. Good complexity with the wine getting dryer as the object of your kiss walks away, but you can still taste fleeting bits of the kiss.
Musical Match: Help I’m Still Alive by Metric. Fruity at times, dry and burning at others. A mix of feminine and strong. Good Stuff.
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.