This month’s wine review is the Schroeder Estate 2015 Malbec. The Schroeder Estate is located in Patagonia Argentina and has been around for almost a century. The bottle was a bonus buy in a wine club shipment. Malbec is the flagship grape of Argentina, where you can find the largest Malbec acreage in the world. Malbec tends to be very dark red with a smooth, warm mouthfeel and big fruity flavors. Patagonia is cooler compared to other wine growing regions in Argentina, which helps the ripe black fruit notes shine and makes the wine a little more acidic. As a general rule, you want to drink Malbec within a few years of bottling- some will age well but most are ready to drink pretty quickly.

Wine Notes:

Color- opaque, burgundy with a magenta rim
Smell- strong alcohol smell at first, then ripe blackberry and black cherry
Taste- dry, full bodied, medium acid, smooth on tongue, slight tobacco aftertaste
Notes- grows on you as you drink it; for sure decant or leave open for at least an hour to let the flavors develop
Price- $19.99 from WSJ wine club
Final Rating- 3.5 out of 5 right now; I’d like to try it again in a year or two after the flavors develop a little more

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