Wine can get very expensive, very quickly. Especially if you’re like us and always reach for the good stuff! While I like to say that every day is a special occasion, we don’t have the kind of budget we wish we did for a pricey bottle of wine to be enjoyed on the daily. We’re proud of our wine collection that is expanding quite nicely but it’s always good to have a stash of bottles on hand that don’t break the bank and that we can enjoy with just about anything we’re having for dinner.
One evening, while enjoying dinner at Alex’s parents’ house we were introduced to Alpasión, a fantastic Malbec from Uco Valley, Argentina. The Malbec is aged for 10 months in new French/Bordeaux oak barrels. If you’re impatient like me, you’ll be happy to hear that this wine can be deliciously savored today and if you’re like my husband and like to age your bottles, you can age them for 10 more years.
This Malbec pours a gorgeous burgundy color that leans towards darker shades of purple which Alex and I admire with every pour. You can almost taste the wine after taking in its aroma of ripe plum, black cherry, and spice. At first taste, you’ll think of it as full-bodied, but as you coat your palate the wine becomes smooth and very drinkable. Dark cherry and a slight fruit forward flavor of ripe plum and blackberries leave soft tannins and a lingering finish on your taste buds.
The best part is that we feel like we’re drinking something pretty expensive every time we pop open a bottle of Alpasión and since that first night we tried it, we stock up on it every time we hit the grocery store. At under $20, this wine over performs making it an excellent wine to enjoy when you want to make every day a special occasion.