Bodega Tamari Reserva Malbec 2009
Malbec from Argentina, South America
Tamari 2009 Reserva Malbec comes from the Uco Valley and high zones of the Mendoza River in Argentina. The vineyard is at an altitude of 900 to 1100 meters and the soil is stony, poor and fast draining. The climate is well balanced between warm daytime temperatures and cool nightime temperatures, good isolation and low rain level - bringing out the finest qualities of the Malbec varietal. Be sure to try this fruity, concentrated wine with grilled red meats, lamb, ostrich, wild boar, duck, pork and strong cheeses.
Color: Intense and deep red garnet
Aroma: Floral, fruity, intense, honest. Flowery notes of violets and jasmine, ripe red fruits, like plums, cherries and chocolate morello cherry. Aging in oak barrels adds complexity, and notes of hazel nuts, almonds and cinnamon.
Taste: Very good attack, good acidity, nice and delicate. It is a wine of medium body, long and tasty. The fruit in the mouth recalls notes of plums, caramel and toffee. Very interesting tannins, tasty, sucrose and long. A ripe fruit aftertaste and a very good persistence are emphasized.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium purple, attractive spicy nose, some elegance, lengthy, fruit-filled finish."
Bodega Tamari Winery
"Bodega TAMARI," in the Huarpe language of the indigenous people of the Mendoza region, means to do everything with passion. Bodega TAMARI is a wine that you can get passionate about. From the high-altitude, highly-regarded Tupungato vineyard comes Bodega TAMARI. Passion is, indeed, reflected in the science and craftsmanship of Bodega TAMARI's winemaking process. Here, sun, soil, and water are combined with love and energy and their expression is Bodega TAMARI, a wine with flavor of the mountains and the sky. Bodega TAMARI combines the best of traditional and modern winemaking methods in order to capture the full potential of this winegrowing region. View all Bodega Tamari 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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8 ratings, 4 with reviews510/2/2012Great for the price412/30/2011
A first sip revealed a juicy, robust malbec with flavors of ripe cherry and a hint of cotton candy. There was just enough oak in this wine to give it a complex earthiness which was complimented by smooth round tannins. The array of vivid flavors worked together flawlessly delivering a malbec that was bold and unique. Read the full review at my Argentine wine and culture blog: http://malbeceamos.com/2011/12/21/2009-tamari-malbec/Lisa J - Quakertown, PA44/23/2011Richard C. - Saint Paul, MN33/12/2011Aside from some blends with Malbec, this was my first one. I liked it twice. I had a couple glasses one night and the next night it was even better, smoother. Pardon my French, I'm still a newbie at the wine tasting experience.33/11/2011Give this bottle consideration as your versatile "house wine". A can't miss at $8.99 per bottle.
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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.
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