We discovered this Malbec as part of our Club W (now WINC) wine club membership. Part of the fun of being a member is getting to experience wines that may be unfamiliar. One of the goals of WINC (per the website) is to “offer an online membership experience, with wines that are featured at select retailers and restaurants nationwide.” This Malbec hails form Paso Robles which is predominately known for its Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Rhone-style red blends.
Visual: This Malbec lends itself to a more medium shade of crimson, even favoring a pinot in appearance.
Nose: It’s pretty subtle on the nose with moderate aromas of woodsy strawberries being most prominent.
Taste: Unlike the traditional Malbec, this wine has soft flavors of ripe red fruit creating a juicy mouthfeel. This is not what we were expecting as traditionally, Malbecs are typically bolder with a spicy flare. By having our first tastes of this wine on its own, not paired with any food, and then coming back to it with dinner, we were able to discover that this particular wine does better with food. We paired it with a black bean soup and decided it accentuated the flavors in the soup, however, was not a favorite standing alone.
We found the overall flavor was too soft and subtle for us to fully appreciate. It is a medium bodied wine low on tannins with decent balance, and may suit your palate better than it suited ours. Remember, that’s one of the most fun things about wine: discovering what you taste and what you like and understanding you may not prefer or even taste the same flavors as your tasting partner!
Price: $13 (average price)
Vivino Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Our Rating: 88 out of 100
Tasting Date: 10/27/17
What we paired it with: Black Bean Soup