With wine varietals that I drink regularly I tend to have some selections that have become go to choices. Left to my own devices my priority is usually to try something I haven’t had before. But if I’m going to a friend’s house for an event or I’m simply in the mood for something comfortable, I might reach for a wine I’ve had countless times. When it comes to Malbec I have a number of standby choices in a variety of price points. I’m going to take a look at the current vintage of one of them today. The Bodega Septima 2008 Malbec was produced using fruit sourced in the Luján de Cuyo section of Mendoza Argentina. This offering is 100% Malbec. Barrel aging was accomplished over 6 months in American oak. This wine is finished with cork. This selection most often sells for approximately $10.
Blackberry, plum and blueberry aromas, underscored by a touch of vanilla make up the nose of this 2008 Malbec. Dark fruit in droves accompanied by hints of cedar and a nice spice component make up the fleshy palate of this wine. Sweet and exuberant berry fruit continues through the finish where it’s joined by chocolate and espresso notes. The finish lingers sufficiently and provides a pleasing close. It beckons you back to the glass for another sip or two. This Malbec has soft yielding tannins and balanced acidity. This would be a great match for grilled tri-tip.
As I mentioned above this is a wine that I’ve tasted many times over the last few years. In that time it’s proven to be a more than solid offering in its price category. There are many Malbecs available for around $10, here’s one delivers good value time and again, and vintage after vintage.