2005 Montes Malbec Reserve Oak Aged

 

This review is posted in honor of my friends Kathi and David who are serving a congregation in Santiago, Chile.

2005 Montes Malbec Reserve Oak Aged
Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley

Wine Rating:  88

Uncorked: 2007.03.30

Malbec is a grape that was traditionally used in Bordeaux blends in France, but has come to its own fame as Argentina’s most important varietal.  While known as Argintina’s wine, Malbec has also found its way into Chile and other wine areas of the Americas.  It’s a fairly “big” wine that stands up well to a variety of foods.  It has become one of my favorite wines to serve with anything from grilled steaks to burgers and even tacos.

This wine is a Chilean Malbec, and a pretty good representative of the varietal.  It’s yummy! It’s a dark wine in every way — dark color, dark aromas, and dark flavors.  In the glass it is beautiful in its deep ruby color.  The nose was a bit thinner than I expected, but presented with ripe fruit and a touch of smoke.  In the mouth it is definitely “big” — a mouthful of flavors and textures.  It is full-bodied with deep, dark, plum flavors along side blackberry, black cherry, licorice, and leather.  It finishes a bit tannic.

Excellent value.

$9.99  Cost Plus World Market

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