I think all Wine Enthusiasts should invest in a small wine chiller to store 20-30 bottles. It’s fun to prepare an impromptu dinner at home and instead of running outside to a store you have a selection of various different price levels of wines that you have available right inside your home. I suggest the best affordable chillers are available on-line from WineEnthusiast.com
My friend Carolina who was born and raised in Argentina prepared some simple Basil Pasta with a garlic and oil sauce and grated cheese. Time to check the Wine Chiller to see what I had. On a trip 2 years ago to Argentina she picked up a Gran Reserva Malbec from Patagonia. I must admit I have tried many Argentine Wines from Mendoza and even some from Uruguay but not that many from Patagonia.
The photo above was the wine she brought home. This is the 2005 Humberto Canale Marcus Malbec Gran Reserva. The Appellation is the Rio Negro region of Patagonia which is still Argentina but further south. I have said it before and I will say it again. Wines that are produced in regions like Burgundy, France, Bordeaux, Washington State, Oregon and Southern Argentina in Patagonia where the climate is warm sunny days but cold nights, produce the most elegant wines in the world. The longer the growing season and the more resting time the grapes get, the more silky, lush flavors you get out of the grapes that are grown there. It makes sense. Just like a Vine Ripened Tomato, A Strawberry that stays on the vine longer will be sweeter in taste. With Grapes it is no different. Humberto Canale was founded in 1909 and named after the Engineer who started the winery. Four Generations later they are using the most modern techniques and producing some world class, affordable wines. I must say the 2005 Marcus Gran Reserva Malbec from Patagonia “BLEW ME AWAY!” The color was amazing. It was Inky, Dark Purple that had beautiful legs from the 14% Alcohol. The nose was confirmed by my palate which was very similar to a slice of Raspberry Cheesecake put in a blender and called WINE. The tannins were so integrated that you hardly noticed anything but a hint of Graphite on the back end with a silky long lasting finish. Lots of Fig type aromas and flavors as well. You would expect a Malbec requiring a big slab of meat (Which would be great) but this wine was so pleasant it was heaven to drink all on it’s own. I would strongly suggest you keep requesting from your local wine shops for some Presence on the shelves of the wines from Patagonia instead of Mendoza. They need to be more readily available. If you can find a bottle of this 2005 Marcus, I suggest you order it on-line from an internet shipper.
As an added note, if you don’t believe me, by surprise I had a yet to be famous Wine Reviewer taste the wine too. Robert “BARKER” Jr showed up. Accidentally one of the glasses of Malbec spilled into Carolina’s Beagle Roxie’s Dog Bed
Roxie went and licked it all up a half glass of the 2005 Malbec. She scored the Wine 91 points and I score it 93 points. Remember, “She ain’t nothing but a hound dog” She then felt a little buzzed and took a nice restful sleep.
As I enjoyed the last sip of my Wine, I thought maybe the idiom “Living a Dog’s Life” is not really that bad of a deal. People feed you, no worries about paying your bills, you get a glass of 2005 Gran Reserva Malbec and then you lay on a couch and take a nap…Nah, it sounds good on the surface but that “Neutering Part” is something I couldn’t deal with! Seek Out Wines From Patagonia!