That title may seem to indicate I’m making light of what is a likable wine. That’s exactly what the Uno Malbec is from Antigal Winery & Estates.
For more on the winery itself, here is their story, and how they make their wine.
I’ve had this bottle once or twice in the past and completely forgot about it. And I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s hard to keep up with everything.
You can call this your impromptu holiday special, as this was an unexpected yet once again serendipitous gathering. The better ones happen with little to no planning. As my list of wines I want to write about continues to grow, it’s always important to leave as many in the arsenal as possible, as long as the stories yet to be told can age well, as stand the test of time.
I’d like to say the same for this 2013 vintage of the Uno Malbec.
Technical information for the 2014, can be found here. their wine list, and contact information.
For the 2013 (notes here), I wasn’t looking to analyze or over analyze. It was later in the day, and that can alter how one is feeling, what one is thinking, and who knows what has been eaten or drank already that can change ones palate many times over.
That’s what happened here. So plenty of water needed to be had for hydration and then rehydration purposes.
The wine itself has so much depth and so much to offer. There’s spices all over the place, and if I told you I knew them all, well you know…
But this had a darker element to it. The wine had a more violet tint to it which I can appreciate. It’s possible I tasted coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and more of what would be better suited for the fall or winter, but here we are in Spring and the weather still feels like the aforementioned seasons. Yep.
This is not quite ‘my’ kind of wine, even though it’s been aged in oak for many months. As much I wanted to love it, that didn’t happen.
It’s a good wine, but at the listing of $14-$16, I would say it’s not quite on that level. It tastes closer to $10-$12 for me, and while that may sound like I’m nitpicking, it’s my observation and opinion.
It’s medium bodied and not full of the tannins that maybe one would expect. It has character but maybe it’s just missing that one thing to put it over. Funny how I said ‘one thing’, but it’s so close to being great.
This was paired with carry-out cheese pizza, and then some holiday themed cookies, and chocolates. This may come off as an unconventional pairing, but that’s what makes this so great. These make for some of the more endearing and long lasting stories. This wine carries some weight, and while it may be necessary to pair it with a different kind of dish, it doesn’t truly matter.
The pizza, chocolates, and cookies are comfort foods in times where comfort is welcome and comfort is good. And while that may imply one should get out of their comfort zone, for this time it was beautiful. It didn’t last as long as the previous gathering (which you can read about here), but there will be more.
Each get together creates and tells a different story. The people with whom you spend it with will hopefully enhance that story. If not, then there’s no point to any of this. It makes the wine, the food, and then all those details you can’t see, mean that much more.
And no, not every wine, and not every experience is going to be life changing. If that was the case, then those events that are truly magnificent are going to feel betrayed. I think that makes sense. Some of the best times are the ones where it’s not that anything deep or profound was said, or done, but it was just simply being.
And this was one of those. I’m overly sentimental I know that.
While this one was fast, it just means more to come. And it’s good to just be.
Have a blessed holiday weekend…