Malbec is one of my favorite wines. Originally a French grape, Malbec has become synonymous with Argentine wines as the country hosts most of the acres the purple fruit is grown on.
Malbec is usually a smoky, spicy wine that brings on the fruit flavors right away–usually cherry, plum, or blackberry. Some Malbecs can smell like blueberry if they’ve been aged in oak for a year or so.
The 2011 Bodega Navarro-Correas Malbec Collecion Privada is one of those. Forty percent of the bottle is aged in French Oak for 12 months, bringing on that blueberry smell.
The Argentine wine seems to fill up your mouth, but it’s not overwhelming on the tongue thanks to its silky finish. It tastes like plum and has a violety flavor, which I felt left a perfume-like residue on my tongue, although I was the only one in the dinner party who sensed that. It’s not super complex, but it’s likable.
Nuts and Bolts
- Winery: Bodega Navarro-Correas
- Type: Malbec
- Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
- Vintage: 2011
- Price: $8
- Alcohol content: 13.9%
- When to drink: If you want to share a bottle of Malbec with a friend who is not a fan of smoky bold reds, pull out the Bodega Navarro-Correas Malbec to ease them into it. After that, bring on the spice and spend a few bucks more on Fournier Urban Uco Malbec/ Tempranillo blend ($10).