Alberti 154 Malbec, 2006
This wine is produced by the Elvira Calle Winery in the heart of Mendoza, Argentina. There is no doubt, in my mind, that many of the great value wines are coming from countries like Argentina, Spain, Italy and Australia. Malbec wines tend to have an inky, dark quality with robust tannins. Malbec grapes are one of the six varieties of grapes allowed to be blended into red Bordeaux wine. This Alberti 154 has a pleasant deep red color that is nearly opaque. The nose shows aromas of plum, coffee and some smoke. In the mouth this is a medium bodied wine with inky flavors of dark cherries, raspberries and a hint of leather. There is ample acidity and well integrated tannins to provide a long and satisfying finish. We enjoyed this wine with some homemade Meatball Sliders and some sautéed Brussels Sprouts with olive oil and Parmesan. This is an excellent value that we bought from Esquin, in Seattle, for about $8. If you enjoy big red wines that go great with hearty fare or a juicy steak, you should be trying some great Malbecs from Mendoza.