Friday, December 28, 2018

Christmas Malbecs

Christmas time my family bakes a number of candies and cookies. On Christmas Eve we deliver boxes of our creations to some of our closest friends.

The Finished Product

This year Jose and Lili were not close enough to deliver their box on Christmas Eve. When they were back in town we arranged for a dinner. I thought this was the ideal time to enjoy a Malbec Jose brought back from his last trip to South America and had given me for my birthday. My thought was why not blind taste it vs the other Malbecs I had in my cellar. Jose was open to the idea.


C - 2015 Picchetti, Pedregal Vineyard, Paicines came in first place with an average of 3.50. We received this as members of Picchetti. It cost $38.

D - 2013 Carmelo Patti, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza came in second place with an average of 3.38. I picked it up at K&L the day of the tasting. They didn't have many choices, just 4 from Mendoza. I picked he most expensive one. It cost $35.

C - 2014 Chateau St Jean, Reserve, Sonoma County came in third place with an average of 3.25. We picked it up on our last trip to Sonoma. It cost $63 with Ted's member discount. 

A - 2013 Catena Zapata, Adrianna Vineyard, River Stones, Mendoza came in last place with an average of 2.75. 

One can question the wisdom of blind tasting a gift, and rightfully so. I enjoyed all of the wines and enjoyed blind tasting them too.