For this weeks review we go into the collection. This was a bottle my friends and I enjoyed a few weeks back. I am happy to discuss the 2013 Don David Reserve Malbec.
The timing of this post feels about right and I have mixed feelings about that. We’re approaching fall and this is such an apropos wine.
Malbec has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and understandably so. It’s no longer being grown just in France, Argentina, or Chile. Now it’s universally loved and grown all over the globe. It’s also a medium-to full-bodied wine that can be enjoyed with many types of food and over most of the calendar year.
So how did this one turn out? Well I really enjoyed it. Not only does it feel like a fall wine, but it has a lot of the components within the wine itself that are autumn like. It represents an ever-so-slight change in the atmosphere.
While sipping my glass I did detect some unique flavors. I felt something smokey and then a hint of vanilla and chocolate over the course of my experience. To my pleasant surprise I was right on all three, per the technical sheet. Maybe it was the mood I was in or how relaxed I was when enjoying my wine.
I recall I was in a very peaceful state of mind at the time. And I tend to think that when you’re relaxed and not trying too hard, the flavors can be much more easily detected. That analogy can be applied to much of our daily lives.
I don’t believe this is an accident, but seeing pipe tobacco as one of the listed scents makes me smile. This photo was taken before I knew that was included per the winemaker.
And how beautiful is the color? It has more or purplish and reddish look to it. Ah the little things. This was a well put together one and a great way to get September going. Even though I had this in August! Nevertheless, I’m still celebrating Summer but can also appreciating what the coming months have to offer. I will do my best to promote the wines that will best represent what’s to come!
I don’t recall where I purchased this bottle from and for those at least in the Baltimore area, I honestly haven’t seen it in many wine shoppes. But if you do come across it, the average price tag seems to range around $15 and I feel that’s a justified price.
Thanks so much.