Last weekend, I came away from an Argentine wine flight at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, MD with two red wines I’m excited to serve the next time we entertain. The first, a faintly effervescent New Age red evokes alluring raspberry and strawberry flavors, and is a rich garnet-colored pour with buoying floral aromas. Although it stops just short of being dessert wine-sweet, it was described to me as making a more than suitable follow-up to a meal as well as a memorable aperitif. Upon tasting it, I was inclined not only to agree, but to purchase two bottles. Typically served on the rocks with a wedge or slice of lime, this is a sweetish wine for people (like me) who don’t usually favor sweet/sweetish wines.
The other wine, a 2009 Valentin Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon (of which also purchased two bottles,) is spicy and full-bodied, its finishing flourish laden with cassis and vanilla. Cabernet being my favorite red, I had to have this one too. Its flavor is pleasantly layered and its richness delivers a satisfying weight and creamy feel to the tongue. A pairing of this wine with a meal of medium-grilled red meat and seasonal vegetables truly would be a match made in
Heaven Mendoza, Argentina.
Wine lovers can thank alluvial soils at Casa Bianchi vineyards in San Rafael, Mendoza, irrigated with melt water from the Andes Mountains, for these unique flavor experiences. If anyone else has tasted these or other wines from this winery, I’d love to hear what you think.