A history of the well-known wine, from the vineyards of France to the Andes Foothills
You’ve heard about it, seen it on wine lists, agreed that “it’s totally one of my favorite wines”—but what do you really know about Malbec other than that it is fermented grape juice? Well, it’s time to open a few bottles and educate yourself.
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My tasting companions and I enjoyed all three of these wines accompanying a dinner of duck liver and onions on bruschetta with Balsamico Tradizionale, roast duck marinated in smoked paprika, garlic and sage, and grilled white asparagus, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes. It turned out to be a perfect match with these wines.
The Zolo Malbec 2015 is also a wine best served with food, but more than that, it is an introduction to the Malbec grape in its current popular style. Introduced to Argentina in 1868, the Malbec grape thrived and produced a notably less tannic wine, softer and with more fruit and floral characteristics. This Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina, is all of those things—bright fruit, plenty of tannins, and big flowers. In fact, the exact type of flower inspired quite a debate among my dining companions. It was decided by reading the back of the Zolo bottle: violets. And violets are a signature floral characteristic of Malbec, and one that once recognized could be singled out in all three of the wines, although in widely varying degrees. Mendoza, in the eastern foothills of the Andes, is recognized as one of the most important wine-producing areas in the country. The name Zolo refers to the owner of the winery spending much of the week in Mendoza, leaving her husband alone— solo—in Buenos Aires on the opposite side of the country.
Now that you have a starting point, discover and experience Malbec for yourself. You and your friends will appreciate the flavors and aromas of this delicious grape.