Fäsi Estates Winery – 2013 Malbec Reserva – from Argentina Vineyard – Uco Valley
Ok, I know this is not a California wine. In my defense and the wines, it is only proper to recognize this endeavor of a Central Valley winery and vineyard owner, Ralph Fäsi, who just happens to hold interest in vineyards located in the Uco Valley of Argentina. While on one of my visiting Fäsi Estate Winery I was able to taste this wonderful Malbec.
Malbec vs Merlot
Malbec and merlot both originate from the Bordeaux Region of France and are used in red wine blends. Both grapes and the wines they produce exhibit flavors of dark, juicy fruits and notes of tobacco and vanilla. While Merlot is softer than Malbec, with less intense tannins. Both wines pair well with red meat.
Fäsi Estates Winery – 2013 Malbec Reserva Taste and Flavor Profile
This 2013 Malbec Reseva is a dry, full-bodied wine and shows itself off with a rich, dark fruit nose and flavors like blackberry and red plum. The 2013 is juicy and jammy, with notes of vanilla, tobacco, dark chocolate, and oak with medium acid and moderate tannins and they pair very well with food. High-quality Argentinian Malbec's effectively reflect their terroir, with high altitude wine boasting red fruit flavors like cherry and raspberry and more floral notes. French Malbecs are typically on the earthier side. I am looking forward to doing more California Malbec reviews in the future.
Food Pairings for this Fäsi Estate – 2013 Malbec Reserva – smokey and spice-rubbed red meat. Think sirloin steak, grilled lamb chops, braised pork. Get brave and try pair this wine with blue cheese. This wine will compliment those that lean toward a more vegetarian dish just as well. As a quick suggestion try grilling a nice portobello mushroom and I believe you will agree. Be sure to serve this wine slightly below room temperature or about 65 F. If you have this wine in your wine rack but do not have a wine cellar or a wine cooler, try putting it in your refrigerator about 20 to 30 minutes before serving and it should be just about perfect.