Tuesday, September 7, 2010

2009 Cupcake Vineyards Malbec Mendoza, Argentina

I’ve attended blind tastings in the past and sometimes I’m truly surprised at the attitudes of some wine experts. The wine they just found quite enjoyable when name and label was unknown, they quickly want to dismiss once the wine is revealed. I’m telling you now, if you do this, you’re missing out on some great wine finds. One such find is my recent sample of 2009 Cupcake Vineyards Malbec.

Nose is filled with blueberries, oak and leather. Flavors of raspberry, plum and chocolate come through in a lush full bodied wine. Well structured tannins and a smooth lingering finish make this wine all the dessert I need after dinner.

Varietal – 100% Malbec
Sugar – 24.5
Acid – 0.65g/100 ml
PH – 3.64

While the Cupcake Winery is located in Montery County, CA, grapes for the Malbec are sourced from Mendoza, Argentina located on the Eastern Foothills of the Andes Mountains. The region is relatively cool and dry with just 8 inches of rainfall per year.

The rocky soil is irrigated through a system of aqueducts running from the Andes down to farmlands. These factors allow the grape to fully ripen into dark berries with intense flavors. After harvesting, the grapes are gently crushed and undergo a long fermentation with skins on and aged in oak creating a full and intense flavor.

Cupcake Vineyard Malbec proves once more, a wine doesn’t need to have a fancy name or carry a price tag equivalent to a car payment to be a really tasty and great wine.

My rating -  We'll drink the rest tomorrow.

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