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This is why malbec rocks
This is why malbec rocks
Julia Hollister

According to wine trends, malbec is sizzling hot and Don Miguel Gascon has two selections to fan the flames.

“At Gascon, we craft out wines from grapes grown in some of Mendoza’s most prestigious high altitude vineyards, where intense sunlight, alluvial soils and nutrient rich snow melt from the Andes create rip, concentrated flavors,” said spokesperson Macarena Siracusa. “We have always held ourselves to a standard even higher than the elevation of these vineyards, one that was created by Don Miguel in 1884.”

Mendoza is regarded as the most important wine producing province in the Argentina.

The 2012 malbec ($15) is chewy with notes of leather, blackberry and chocolate with a dash of sass. Dark fruit flavors tangled with spice and licorice create a full bodied wine with a long, velvety finish.

Pour this with rich casserole dishes and rustic bread dipped in olive oil and crushed garlic.

Pour a glass of Gascon’s 2011 Reserva malbec ($25) and stand back. But, watch out, this muscular “Big Boy” is not for newbies.

It is inky with whispers of seductive blackberry and oak aromas. Blackberry and plum flavors cavort on the palate and excite the palate for the first sip. Lush fruit with hints of brown cooking spice culminate with round, organized tannins and a long finish.

Get out the good China and serve this exception wine with grilled steaks as well as avocado and chopped beef salad.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malbec