Saturday, March 13, 2010

Crios Rose of Malbec

Argentine Wine of the Weekend:

Crios Rose of Malbec, $11

Varietal Composition: 100% Malbec
Vineyard Location(s): Uco Valley - multiple locations
Average Age of Vines: 31 years
Oak Regimen: None
Alcohol: 13.9%
Case Production: 20000

Tasting Notes/Food Pairing:
A beautiful, deep, vibrant rosé color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rosé wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry fi
nish. This is the perfect chicken wine and a charming companion to mildly spicy Asian cuisine. Keep one in the fridge at all times and you’ll always have a delicious wine to enjoy with light snacks and cheeses.
89 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 2010

"Pale, bright red. Strawberry aroma complicated by tobacco, iron and tree bark. Supple and easygoing, with the texture and weight of a red wine, but good acid cut gives clarity and lift to the middle palate. Finishes supple and persistent. A very attractive rose."

89 Points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, 2009

"The 2009 Rose of Malbec is dark pink in color with an enticing nose of strawberry and cherry. Ripe, dry, and full-flavored, this delicious Rose should be consumed over the next 12-18 months."

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