Wine of the Week – Catalpa Malbec 2009

Catalpa Malbec comes from a 70-year-old vineyard located in the Alto Tupungato area, one of the best wine-growing regions within Mendoza, Argentina. The vineyard is located at 4,430 feet high, enjoying a wonderful sun exposure and cool temperatures that allow the grapes perfect ripening. The grapes are hand picked and selected from a sorting table. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, and 40% of the wine sees new French oak.

The attack on this wine starts with an explosion of blackberry, plum, and currant with touches of chocolate and coffee. A lovely soft, rich mouth feel leads to supple tannins and a long lingering finish. This is a great wine for braised lamb shanks or roasts during this chilly winter weather.