I’ve realized that most of the wines included on my “quest for the best summer value wines” have either been bubbles or whites. Although it is true that I do drink a lot of white wine in the summertime I also indulge in my fair share of red wines as well, especially due to the increasing quantity of smoked meats we have been cooking up this summer (deep spicy red wines and spicy smoked pork ribs, mmmm). I do, however, find it more difficult to find great red wines in the $10 range than great white wines (don't fear they do exist). But seriously, when it’s hot outside, damn, it’s just so nice to have a refreshing, cold, crisp wine to quench my thirst! Am I right?
This week, however, we have had a stream of weird cold weather in Portland… even some rain! Shocker… rain in Portland, OR… nooo! How could that be?!
So, yesterday, I just gave into the gloomy weather, pretended it was winter, cuddled up with a movie, and popped open a bottle of Malbec.
Ever since I started studying for my Sommelier exams I have become more in love with Argentinean Malbecs. Not only can they be rich and delicious wines, but many are also in a price range almost unbeatable by most North American reds of the same quality standard! I have found some fantastic everyday drinking Malbecs for $10 or under! You show me some North American wines of that caliber and I’ll shut up! Until then, I’ll continue to preach about my new South American obsession.
Wine #6 in my quest for the perfect summer wines
2008 Gouguenheim Malbec Valle Escondido
This wine was very fruit forward with lots of rich chocolate, black berry, black cherry on the nose. The mouth had a nice light spice with more chocolate, vanilla, rich, juicy plum, black berries along with medium tannins on the finish. For the price point this wine had a very nice balance of fruit, earth, and richness. The wine wasn’t anything super complex or mind boggling, but for $10 bucks I would certainly be happy having a supply of this wine as an everyday red… one of those wines you can rely on, but don’t think too much about when you’re drinking it.
Although we consumed this wine alone, I think it would go great with any of the delicious smoked meals we’ve been making lately, like our BBQ smoked pork ribs! Yum! Will I buy this wine again? Most certainly! Like I said it’s hard to find a wine of this caliber for $10!