Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gallo Family - Don Miguel Gascon Argentina Malbec

This was new to me that the Gallo Family represents wines from other regions of the world.  They have relationships with many wineries outside the US and import their products.  One of them is Don Miguel Gascon 2010 Argentina Malbec.

The Gascon Winery is located in the City of Mendoza.  Don Miguel Gascon began building the winery in 1884and it was completed in 1888.  It was owned by the Gascon family until 1993 when they sold it to investors led by the Catena family. They focus primarily on Malbec.

The wine is a blend of 95% Malbec and 5% Shiraz.  The grapes came from Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Malley in Mendoza.  The grapes were harvested by hand in mid March (remember their seasons are opposite of ours in the US)  The grapes then underwent cold maceration for four days to extract the deep purple color.  The wine has 13.90% alcohol.

This wine had a beautiful dark purple hue to it. Purple is my favorite color and the color definitely comes from the Shiraz in the blend and from sitting on the skins for 4 days.  Aromas of blackberry, plum and hints of cedar and violets filled the glass.  The wine was very smooth with rounded tannins and flavors of maraschino cherry, blueberry and black fruit.  The finish held hints of spice that lingered for a bit.

This wine sells for $15 at your local wine store.


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