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Alberti 154

Alberti 154
2014 Bodega Calle, Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
Sustainable Agriculture
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$14.99
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2016 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Argentine Malbec

Alberti 154
2014 Bodega Calle, Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
Dusty ruby color. Roasted aromas and flavors of coffee, singed rhubarb pie crust, grilled peppers, and herbal with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish that presents notes of marinated meat, pomegranate, and charred nuts with light oak flavor. A lightly smoky malbec with a nice range of savory, table-friendly flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: coffee, singed rhubarb pie crust, grilled peppers, and herbal
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of marinated meat, pomegranate, and charred nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Pepper Steak, Steak With Chimichurri, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lightly smoky malbec with a nice range of savory, table-friendly flavors.

The Importer

Elixir Wine Group

The Importer
990 NW Brooks St. Ste.#3
Bend, OR 97703
USA
1 541-388-5330

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Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice, and, in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.