17 Jun Uncorked #12: Bodega Norton Malbec 2010
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
I know, another Malbec right?? Well, this one has been sitting on my shelf for a while and after my two week hiatus of not writing any Uncorked, I went for a my default wine…a red one 🙂 Normally I love me some cab, but today I thought I would choose something slightly different so I reached for this Malbec. I know I just reviewed a Malbec, but I just couldn’t help myself. Tonight’s dinner was pizza and I thought the spiciness of this wine would go great with our dinner. One thing I noticed right away with this wine is that I couldn’t smell the nose of the wine. Maybe it’s my allergies kicking in, but I was expecting the worst from this wine. Usually, no nose usually means no flavor, however I was pleasantly surprised by this wine. The taste is fruity yet spicy and there is something almost smoky* about the wine. It really went well with the pizza we ate tonight.
Would I buy it again? For sure! With the price of $9, I thought it was a pretty good little wine. I know I can’t smell the nose, which really is most likely my allergies, but I was really overall impressed by the wine. The last Malbec I reviewed had to breath for 30 minutes before it was great to drink. This one was great just out of the bottle, with no wait! With the busy moving/cleaning/parenting going on in my life, being able just to sit down and enjoy a nice glass of wine with some pizza (delivered of course) is such a nice treat to start my weekend. And yes, it’s Thursday night and the start of my weekend…No, I am not bragging, because my weekend will be moving the big stuff and unpacking 🙁
Fun Wine Fact: Malbec was originally grown in France, but a hard freeze in 1956 wiped out most of the plants. Malbec was introduced to Argentina in the mid-1800’s, and they now produce over 70% of the world’s Malbec grapes. Due to the increasing popularity of the wine, France has began to grow the grape again. Together the two countries produce over 90% of all Malbec wines.
Pairs Well With: Smoky meats, sausages, BBQ, (and pizza!)
“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.”
– Benjamin Franklin
*Smoky– Some wines, either because of the soil or because of the barrels used to age the wine, have a distinctive smoky character.