2007 Belasco de Baquedano "Rosa" Rosé of Malbec Mendoza, Argentina (Elsewhere $14)

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This rosé is crafted from fine Malbec grapes, and like the flower it is named for (the elegant rose), bursts with beauty and freshness. This well-structured wine boasts lavish cherries, ripe raspberries and strawberries on the nose and in the mouth, with a stylish and crisp finish.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2008 | Send Email
Here is another malbec rosé, featuring dark red fruit aromatics, with a slightly creamy character. The wine is good and sturdy with dusty raspberry flavors and good grip on the palate. Try this wine with a coriander and black peppercorn crusted piece of seared tuna, or even a similar treatment for grilled Kobe beef. Yes, this is a rosé that can hold up to meat and a touch of spice.

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.