Full Review

Allamand

Allamand
2013 Altamira, Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$24
2017 Top 2 Best Malbec, 2017 Best Argentine Malbec

Allamand
2013 Altamira, Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14%
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of italian leather, wild mushrooms, berry coulis and cocoa nib, and balsamic kissed dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long fertile earth and raisin, lavender, tobacco and toasted coconut, and coffee crusted salami finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich and decadent Malbec that must be a cousin of Bordeaux.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: italian leather, wild mushrooms, berry coulis and cocoa nib, and balsamic kissed dark chocolate
Taste Flavor: fertile earth and raisin, lavender, tobacco and toasted coconut, and coffee crusted salami
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Steak With Chimichurri, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich and decadent Malbec that must be a cousin of Bordeaux.

The Producer or Importer

USA Wine West, LLC

The Producer or  Importer
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 127
Sausalito, CA 94965
USA
1 415-331-4906

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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 foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.