I get a ton of Mendoza Malbec offers to taste constantly-in fact there is no other region–no other variety that I get as many offers.
Though much less common to taste high quality, well-made Malbec wines from Argentina. And I was able to taste three different vineyard designate wines: another rarity for me. I was on this tasting (this Fall) with a group of wine writers based here in the SF Bay Area. Pepe Galante, Bodegas Salentein winemaker, lead the tasting. This tasting was nicely done to pair the Bodegas fine wines with the food from Per Diem in San Francisco’s financial district. A very nice charcuterie plate and the short ribs were the perfect foods for the Bodegas Salentein collection of rich and nicely developed red wines–the flagship varieties are Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Salentein Chardonnay 2016
Notes of Granny Smith apple, white flowers, and almonds and palate of green apple, dried Turkish fig, almond and beeswax.
Salentein La Pampa Vineyard Mendoza Malbec 2015
Concentrated fruit, rich Malbec; nose of blackberry confit, pepper, Thyme and violets/lavender and palate of Blue-black fruit, ground mace-Cardamom, and white pepper.
Salentein El Tomillo Vineyard Mendoza Malbec 2015
Lyrical and focused fruit; nose of wild blackberry, dried wood pile, suede and freshly crushed spices. Palate of Loch Ness blackberry/blueberry confit, Thyme and pepper.
Salentein Los Basaltos Vineyard Mendoza Malbec 2015
Nose of warmed blackberries, cassis, evergreen forest, and dried lavender
Palate of heirloom blackberries, white pepper, Tarragon and cocoa powder.
Salentein Numina Gran Corte Mendoza 2015
This wine is a composition of 68% Malbec, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Notes of cassis confit, worn suede, cedar wood pile and dried Thyme; palate of Marionberry, white pepper, lavender and crushed Bay leaf.
Salentein Primum Mendoza Malbec 2014
Notes of Boysenberry, ground pepper, violets-roses; palate of red-black bramble berries, white pepper, and dried rose petals.
Salentein Primum Mendoza Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
100% Cabernet Sauvignon; I rarely ever taste a pure form of Cabernet from Mendoza, Argentina. Notes of fleshy black cherry, freshly cut wood, forest floor and herb garden. Palate of red-black cherry, pepper, fresh Bay leaf and Tarragon.
Salentein Gran Vu Mendoza Red WineBlend 2013
This is the flagship wine of Salentein and is a blend of 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of Marionberry-cherry, violet garden, pepper, and leather; palate of Cassis-blackberry, lavender, Thyme and hint of sage.
A final and very nice touch was a dessert of chocolate mouse to enjoy with sips of Salentein.
A very nice set of wines to enjoy with beef and rich foods. These wines are a nice match for a special dinner; I like to enjoy these wines for autumnal and winter dinners.
To enjoy these wines ask your wine merchant to bring some in.
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