100% Malbec from the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina
As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself wanting to drink wines that pair well with what I consider to be a perfect evening for outdoor cooking, or at the least, sitting outside to enjoy the moderate weather before full-blown summer makes it way to my part of the world. Mediterranean-seasoned mixed grill of lamb chops, steak with zucchini and squash or a well made juicy burger piled high with cool, crispy vegetables will soon be on my spring time dinner plate!
Mendoza’s Septima Obra Malbec is a luscious red wine that is moderately concentrated with detectable minerality supported by expressive fresh black fruits and hints of purple flowers. This is just what I need to confirm that spring is near and I am ready to come out of hibernation to yet another beautiful springtime.
My love for an uncomplicated wine-food pairing always brings me to Argentina’s signature red grape varietal, Malbec.
Wine is art and terroir is the palette……when wine is crafted for sensory appeal and from creative inspiration.
The Cordorniu Raventos’ family winemaker, Paula Borgo, has combined the art, science, sustainability of winemaking into a work of art in a glass. She takes the Malbec grape and personalizes it to the family vineyard’s vision to express this wine-making region that she lives and breathes.
The sand loamy soil on steep slopes as well as day and night temperature diurnal differences is the magic that creates a wine with characteristics cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Lush blackberries, mixed berry jam with a touch of floral vanilla, violets and dark cocoa with just the right amount of tannin texture in the mouth that makes you want more.
Grab the cheese plate, fire up the grill, fire pit and just simply enjoy.
“April 17th not only represents the transformation of Argentina’s wine industry, but it is also the starting point for the development of Malbec as the iconic variety and international flagship of Argentina’s viticulture.”
Founded in 2001, KAIKEN Winery is located in Argentina’s most traditional wine-growing area of Mendoza – Vistalba – one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious regions due to its singular terroir. In addition to its enviable diversity of soils, some of the oldest vines are found here, including 80-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon and 101-year-old Malbec vines. With such a heritage, as well as exceptional cellaring capabilities, the choice of Lujan de Cuyo in Vistalba as the location of KAIKEN Winery and main estate vineyard was a natural one.
Italian’s rule in Argentina!
Kaiken Winery produces premium Malbec in sunny Mendoza, Argentina – whose dining culture has been influenced by the country’s Italian heritage. It is estimated up to 24 million Argentines have some degree of Italian descent (up to 60% of the total population), making it the largest ethnic group in the country.
Today, as Chief Winemaker, Aurelio Montes del Campo is determined to continue with the family tradition and further his fathers’ focus on producing the best Argentine Malbec. His father’s influence and passion for the wine industry, led him to focus on cultivating and showcasing the true expression of varieties from dynamic terroirs within and outside of Mendoza in a leaner, more elegant style.
There is a natural pairing between Malbec and meatballs!
The strong Italian culinary influence combined with the supple tannins, underlying lush velvety texture, lusty black fruit flavors and amazing fruit flavors create a bold yet elegant and expressive wine which pair well with a variety of bold and highly flavored and smokey meat dishes, sausages and meatballs.
Kaiken Terroir Series Malbec ($17) From the Uco Valley, it’s alluring floral, blueberry, and blackberry aromas lead to a lush, silky body backed by the structure and freshness of Petit Verdot, ending with a mineral finish provided by the Bonarda grape. Pair with Argentine Chimichurri Meatballs, Lamb meatballs, Danish meatballs made of lamb and pork, or a nice big meatball sandwich.
Kaiken Ultra Malbec ($24)– This serious wine has beautiful aromas of red berries, black cherry and hints of tobacco. Round and velvety with soft tannins, its dark fruit flavors have an added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish. Very, very elegant. Pair with chipotle meatballs, classic Italian meatballs, Moroccan meatballs or Wild Boar meatballs and my recipe (below) Fennel-Scented Ricotta Veal, Smokey Bacon and Pork Meatballs which is a rustic Italian combination of beef, pork, veal and a smokey touch of Benton’s Bacon, a superstar local bacon popular with chefs around country, from Madisonville, Tennessee.
From the Mendoza region in Argentina, this elegant Malbec Antucura 2012 emerges as a beautiful velvety, medium-bodied and expressive wine with a burst of fresh and juicy strawberries. A touch of juicy and tart blackberries with a peppery finish shows a pure expression of the Malbec varietal. The balance of acidity, fruitiness and a hint of black pepper and aromas of floral white flowers makes it a great wine for pairing, too.
Although the Malbec grape was once only a blending grape in Bordeaux, it has come into its own today as a very popular wine that is enjoyed by everyone for sipping or pairings.
Antucura Malbec 2012 is an all-weather wine. Drink now with hearty meals of Osso Bucco or oven roasted meats of beef and chicken. As the weather gets warmer Antucura 2012 will be just the wine for grilled burgers, steaks and ribs.
Lisa’s Wine Pairings: Antucura Malbec 2012 with rich and succulent Veal Osso Bucco in a veal and port demi-glace on top of creamy, mashed cauliflower with goat cheese and roasted garlic. This is lovely meal for any week night dinner or an elegant weekend dinner with friends.
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