Cost: $20.99 (SRP)
Deep ruby red color with aromas of ripe red berries, spice, and black pepper. Â Berry on the palate with soft tannins Â 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. Â Similar but different is the best way to put it. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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.