consulate and Wines of Argentina hosted Malbec World Day 2022 in New
York with more than 40 wines presented to
celebrate the most renowned and revered of Argentina's wines. It was a magical
evening of wine tasting, traditional Argentine dancing,
and learning more about the impressive expressions of Argentina's famed Malbec
Consul General Santiago Villalba
General of Argentina Santiago Villalba welcomed guests to the Consulate of
Argentina in New York on Thursday, April 28, 2022, to celebrate Malbec World
Day 2022. Veronica Kathuria of Wines of Argentina spoke about how Malbec varietals
were brought from France to Argentina in 1853. Under the expertise of Italian
and French winemakers who had immigrated to Argentina, the wine industry made
great strides, as Malbec adapted to its new terroir. Malbec World Day was first
celebrated in 2011 and has become an annual April tradition.
three wine regions of Argentina: The North - high altitudes (Jujuy, Salta,
Tucumán, Catamarca), Cuyo - arid (La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza), and Patagonia
& Atlantic Region (La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Buenos Aires).
Malbec Argentino's Got Range
most famous grape, Malbec, creates wines with great character and diversity in
part due to the range of altitudes at which they are grown. What I learned
during Malbec World Day in New York, was that most Argentine vineyards sit
above 4,500 feet above sea level or higher, next to the Andes mountains, reaching
up to 10,922 feet in the north. The diverse range of altitudes gives the
terroir its signature characteristics. Typical aromas found in Malbec wines are
"reminiscent of cherries, strawberries, plums, raisins, and black pepper." Aged
in oak, it acquires "coffee, vanilla, and chocolate notes." In the mouth, it "fills
the palate with its sweet, silky tannins."
Malbec wine rainbow
three types of Malbec wine, White Malbec, Red Malbec, and Rosé Malbec. White
Malbec is "fruity, floral, dry, sweet, refreshingly acidic, with a lengthy
finish. Red Malbec is oaky, has spicy and fruity flavors, full body dry wine
with smooth textures and a smoky finish. Rosé Malbec is "crisp, fresh, floral
and citrus flavors, with soft acidity and fruity aromas."
over 40 wines at Malbec World Day in New York, and it was interesting to do
side-by-side tastings of Malbecs from different vintages as well as produced at
different altitude ranges to fully appreciate the nuances and characteristics
of Argentina's most famous wine. In addition to Malbec, brands also brought a
variety of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and more, to tempt guests'
Alta Vista brought four different wines with them to introduce the brand,
including their Brut Blanc de Blancs, Sparkling Domaine, Mendoza, Argentina,
12.6% alcohol, made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from the Albaneve estate in the
Single Vineyard, Serenade, Malbec, 2015, Agrelo, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza,
Argentina, 14.5% alcohol. Elevation 3,450 feet, aged in French oak barrels for
12 months. Wine aging time between 5-8 years.
Estate Torrontés 2018 made with 100% Torrontés, and Alta Vista Estate Malbec,
2020, made with 100% Malbec, with grapes grown at a minimum of 3,200 feet.
Colomé has produced wines since 1831, and brought
two of their expressions, Auténtico Malbec, 2019, 14.5% alcohol, grown at 7,546
feet in the Calchaquí Valleys, and Estate Malbec, 2019, 14.5% alcohol, produced
from grapes grown at Finca La Brava (5,577 feet), Finca Colomé (7,546 feet),
and Finca El Arenal (10,207 feet).
Trivento Argentina brought three
different Malbec expressions with them: Bodega Trivento Reserve Malbec 2020,
Mendoza, Argentina, 91 points, 13.5% alcohol, Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
2019, 14% alcohol, 12 months in oak barrels, 95 points, gold, from
International Wine Challenge 2021, Luján De Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, and Ecolo
Bousquet has been making certified organic wines
in Argentina since 1997. They brought five expressions of their wine including:
Alavida, USDA Organic Kosher Wine, Malbec 2021, 14.5% alcohol, made with 100%
Malbec grown in the cool climate of the Gualtallary area, Mendoza, Argentina.
interesting Malbec they presented was their Gaia, Earth Goddess, Malbec 2019,
made with organic grapes, Gualtallary Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina, 14.5%
alcohol. Made from organic grapes grown at a cool 4,000 feet altitude.
including their Ameri, 2019, 100% Malbec, Gaia - Organic Malbec Nuoveau, 2020,
100% Malbec; and Virgen, 2020, made with 100% Malbec.
Luigi Bosca brought five expressions of their brand including their Luigi Bosca
De Sangre, Cabernet Franc, 2018, Selección de Parcelas, El Paraíso, Mendoza,
Argentina, 14.4% alcohol; Luigi Bosca De Sangre Malbec D.O.C. 2019, 100%
Malbec; Luigi Bosca De Sangre White Blend, 2021; Luigi Bosca Fina Los Nobles
2015, Cabernet Bouchet, and Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2020.
Mary E Woodka - Luigi Bosca
Estate brought three different expressions of
their brand, Pulenta Estate 2020 Malbec I, Mendoza, Argentina, 14.5%, limited
number of bottles produced; Pulenta Wines Gran Cabernet Franc XI, 2019, Agrelo,
14.5% alcohol, limited number of bottles produced, made from 100% cabernet
franc; and their Bodega La Flor Pulenta Wines Malbec 2021, Mendoza, Argentina,
14.5% alcohol, "A special selection of our vintage," limited number of bottles
Justin Argenti - Pulenta Estate
Salentein brought five different expressions including their Salentein Reserve
Malbec 2020, Valle De Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, 14.5% alcohol, 100% Malbec; Salentein
Numina, Gran Corte, 2018, made from a blend; and Pyros, Valle de Pedernal, Appellation,
Rebecca Weber, Susan Bocanski - Salentein
Tapiz brought five wines from their brand, Tapiz Alta Collection Cabernet
Sauvignon 2019, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Tapiz Black Tears 2017, 100% Malbec;
Wapisa Malbec 2018, 100% Malbec; Zola Reserva Cabernet Franc 2019, 100%
Cabernet Franc; and Osmosis Sauvignon Blanc 2021, 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Trapiche has been making wine since 1883. They brought three of their
expressions, their Trapiche Medalla Malbec, 2017; Trapiche Broquel Selected
Barrels Malbec 2020, Mendoza, Argentina, with grapes harvested from 2,953 feet
- 3,937 feet, and their Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2017, Mendoza, Argentina,
14.5% alcohol, created to celebrate the winery's 125th anniversary.
Veronica Kathuria and Debra C. Argen
more about Malbec and Wines of Argentina, please visit their website: www.winesofargentina.org
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