Cost: $20.99 (SRP)
Deep ruby red color with aromas of ripe red berries, spice, and black pepper. Berry on the palate with soft tannins that pairs well with roasted or grilled meats and hard cheeses.
Recommendations: I had been sitting on this wine until I decided to cook a couple of more steaks, having paired the 2007 Luigi Bosca Reserva D.O.C Malbec with some grilled meat as well, and wanting to compare the two. Similar but different is the best way to put it. Both the D.O.C. and the Reserva featured bold flavors of berry, with the Reserva offering pepper where the D.O.C offered mocha and spice.
The seasoning I added to my steak featured some smoke flavors, and the wine did a great job of complimenting both what the seasoning and the grill added, the berry and pepper working with the food instead as a compliment instead of as a counter note. After the meal the wine was nice and easy to drink, with smooth tannins that weren’t overwhelmed by a steak, but weren’t too in-your-face to be enjoyed without food.
As I’ve said before, Malbec is quickly becoming my go-to wine for steaks. If I was forced to choose between the D.O.C and the Reserva I think I would go with the D.O.C to pair with a steak again, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the Reserva, only that it wasn’t as big and bold, a trait I found enjoyable in the D.O.C. Were I looking to pair one of them with roasted meat I would probably go with the Reserva, as the smoother tannins and slightly lighter flavors would pair better.