1. Wine Industry Survey by Mediobanca plus stock market performance of listed wine industry companies worldwide, updated to March 2011.
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3. On April 17th the
world celebrated Malbec World Day for the first time. There is more Malbec
The good news is that
Unfortunately this deserved
popularity leads to the “bad” news. I have mild sticker shock when seeing wines
that were $12 now selling for $18-20+, while others show
We were therefore happy to discover a new Argentine quality & value winery. Both Irene and I agreed that our favorite value wine at that venue was La Flor '10 ($12.95) by Pulenta Estate Wines. It is fresh and easy to drink and has balanced acidity and tannins. Thirty percent of the wine is aged in French oak barrels of second and third use. It is a medium-bodied wine, with the typical jammy characteristics less pronounced than may be expected in a Malbec. The producer suggests pairing it with grilled meat, which makes sense given the outstanding Argentinean steaks, but it would also couple wonderfully with cheese and crackers or tartines shared with friends on a summer evening.
I also enjoyed their Gran Malbec 2007 ($24) along with my other show favorite Catena Zapata Alta Malbec 2007 ($45)..
Most wine lovers know that
Bodega Emina Rueda 2010 Verdjeo, the “other” value Spanish white wine which is only $10. Medium bodied with tropical fruit nose, the wine has balanced acidity and an unusually pronounced aftertaste for a young unoaked wine.
Bodega Matarromera Merlior - A blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. A bargain at $15, the wine attracted me with a lovely nose full of ripe berries and perfect tannins for my palate- gentle enough not to require a pairing with food.
Bodega Matarromera 2010 Tempranillo Reserva, at $45, is one of their flagship elegant wines, and as a fine wine, recommended to be served slightly chilled to “your castle’s room temperature,” i.e. 15C or 60F.
This is definitely a Spanish winery
(actually a group of six wineries) that we predict will make its increasing
deserved presence known in the
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