Today is Malbec World Day, which strikes me as a holiday that was manufactured by PR folks in order to generate publicity for (and consumption of) malbec. I normally scoff at such things, but what the hell… I’ll play along.
This is the third year of Malbec World Day and the youth of the “holiday” is one factor that makes it feel manufactured. The fact that I didn’t get the day off work also makes this holiday seem not so real.
But I do give the creators of Malbec World Day credit for connecting the date to history. It commemorates April 17, 1853, when Domingo Faustino Sarmiento submitted a proposal to the Provincial Legislature to broaden Argentina’s wine industry. This resulted in the first plantings of malbec in Argentina.
One thing I cannot figure out about this day is why it’s called “Malbec World Day” versus “World Malbec Day.” It seems like someone forgot to proofread the first press release and they just ran with it.
OK… on to celebrating Malbec World Day. And by that I mean drinking malbec.
The wine I chose for this occasion is not 100% malbec, hence I may be breaking the rules here. But it is super tasty and in my rule book that matters most. The Trivento Amado Sur is 78% malbec plus 12% bonarda and 10% syrah.
Everything about this wine is dense. The colors, the aromas and the flavors. This is an intense wine. The nose is filled with powerful black cherry, chocolate, blackberry and baking spice aromatics. The palate is also quite concentrated, with dense and jammy black cherry, boysenberry and chocolate flavors, laced with heavy spices. There’s nothing subtle about this wine. It’s big, bold and delicious. The only thing you might complain about is it being too aggressive. It’s very tasty, if you’re up for something this big.
Malbec World Day or not, this is a wine worth celebrating.
Wine: Trivento Amado Sur
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.