Malbec World Day Post Celebration and Review
In honor of Argentina’s first Malbec World Day, I’m dedicating this post to the future annual celebration and the country’s ‘hero’ grape – Malbec.
Malbec World Day was established by the Wines of Argentina council with the goal of creating a worldwide celebration of the main grape grown in Argentina. The date of April 17th was chosen as it coincides with the establishment & recognition of Quinta Normal – an organization that sought to bring new grape varietals and establish the wine industry of Argentina – by the Argentine government. April 17th represents the starting point of the wine industry in Argentina and the establishment of Malbec as its lead grape.
Malbec World Day organized tastings and events all around the world including Toronto, New York, Washington, London, Napa and of course Mendoza. The main feature of the festival, however, was a three-way international blend of the ‘perfect’ Malbec. Three top world wine experts flew to Argentina to pick the grapes to use in their wine. Wines of Argentina is then flying the grapes back to each of their home countries and giving the experts the task of bottling the perfect Malbec, in the Argentine way. After 12 months of preparation and cellaring, the experts and the wines will return for a competition. I guess we’ll have to wait for the 2nd annual Malbec World Day to know the results of that one.
In our own sort of way, we’re celebarting Malbec by featuring a few of our favorites below…
89 points Wine Spectator, 92 points Wine Advocate
Bold fruit flavors balanced by a freshness from the acidity; flavors of ripe berries, cocoa and a hint of oak.
Salta (Andean NW), Argentina
70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 5% Tannat
Grown at the highest altitude in the world (10,000 ft for Cabernet, 7,000 ft for Malbec), this wine displays the typical fruit you’ll find in Malbec’s and blends from this region with a restraint on the heavy structure and body. Balanced tannins and oak adds a bit of a spice on the finish.