Happy Tuesday! Today I had a most pleasant surprise when I arrived at the office, as my boss left me a case of wine! Now granted it was his "reject" wines, various bottles that he's purchased and didn't really like, so I will happily be his waste bin! Tonight I've opened one of the bottles he gave me, the 2011 Alamos Malbec Seleccion, a 100% Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, so let's see how this reject wine does!
The wine has a classic Malbec look, with a deep inky center and bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents pleasant aromas of black plum and accents of leather and tar. The taste is a rather subdued Argentine Malbec with just a bit if black fruit up front that transitions to some earthy mineral notes midpalate, only to have a reprise of ripe black fruit at the finish. The wine expresses some bright acidity and relatively mellow tannins supporting a long, smooth, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a pleasant drinking wine that would be ideal for a hearty steak. And it just so happens I have one of those lying around, so tonight I'm enjoying this wine with a rare grilled filet mignon with some grilled corn and steamed sugar snap peas that I picked up at a farmers market last week. Cheers!