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March 7, 2006

A Malbec at the Oscars


So I am starting to think that it's not such a great idea to buy the wine that the store strategically stacks next to the cash register. I was at the Cal-Mart market the other day (on Oscar night) and figured we'd need a bottle of wine to toast the winners. Feeling broke I bought the $5.99 bottle of 2002 Septima (60 percent Malbec, 40 percent Cabernet from Argentina). It was the wine that was closest to my left arm as I waited to pay for my groceries. OK, it did have one of those little blurby cards that declared it the best and juiciest, most berriest wine ever (I am getting sick of those deceitful little cards that the wine distributors stick on the crates or shelves that bear many exclamation points and way too many adjectives). I also loathe that these blurbies DO influence my buying habits. Big blast of blackberry with a happy chocolate finish! Sold to the red head in black!!!

Anyway, to get to the wine, it pretty much stank. I was thinking that my daughter's sidewalk chalk probably had more taste than the Septima. I can't even describe this wine because it was so boring. I waited a half hour or so after I opened the bottle and tried another sip. Still not tasting much big berry here. Here's how the winemaker describes the wine:
Plummy soft mouthfilling fruit from Malbec
Firmer tannins, acidity, and minty aromas from Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged three months in both French and American oak barrels
Delicious toasty chocolaty flavor that lingers on the finish.

I was kicking myself for not picking up a few bottles of my old faithful 2001Sabbie Di Nuvola Vecchia Toscana instead. I also needed a drink after watching the Oscars. Crash wins best picture? You've GOT to be kidding, right?

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at March 7, 2006 10:24 PM
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