Bodini Malbec 2010
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Aromas of dark, ripe bing cherries and toasty caramel. Full and fleshy in the mouth with loads of ripe red and black fruits. Firm tannins and great structure for such a drinkable wine with a long, persistent finish that continues to dance on your tongue long after the first sip. Wow! This is one that you buy by the case to take home to amaze your friends and family.
You can drink it tonight and pair with traditional red-friendly foods like hamburgers, steak, ribs and pizza, and grilled or roasted chicken. Great all by itself too!
Blend: 90% Malbec and 10% Bonarda
International Wine Cellar - "Good full red. Red and darker berries, licorice and smoked meat on the nose. Supple and juicy, with a smoky aspect to the flavors of red berries, leather and tobacco. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and good length. This rather suave malbec offers an attractive combination of sweetness and finishing vinosity for a wine in this price range."
Wine & Spirits - "Appealingly simple, this is full of red fruit flavors, its soft texture marked by a spark of acidity. An easy introduction to Malbec."
Bodini stands for "Built On Dreams of Individuals Not Institutions". This is a wine that is built upon the dreams of all those involved in crafting these amazing wines: the dreams of the vineyard and winery teams to do their part to preserve the earth and environment through sustainable viticulture & winemaking practices, the dreams of the winery to promote the well-being of its workers, their families, the community and future generations, and the dreams of a young, up-and-coming winemaker.
A portion of all Bodini wine sales are also donated to the Dominio del Plata Scholarship Foundation which was established to help fulfill the dream of a college education to winery worker families throughout Argentina. View all Bodini Wines
Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.