Wine: High-end malbec
Malbec is no longer just a “slack-jawed big red” that stands up well to steak, said Elin McCoy in Bloomberg.com. Many winemakers in Argentina are planting the grape in high-altitude vineyards that yield wines worthy of collectors’ pricing. The intense flavors of the three below “unroll on your tongue in layer after layer.”
2013 Altos las Hormigas ($40). A medium-bodied Gualtallary malbec devised by Italian vintners, this is “a very serious wine for the price.”
2013 Bodega Noemia de Patagonia ($90). From a 90-year-old vineyard comes a wine with rose and violet aromas and layers of spicy, savory, chalky flavors that “get more seductive with time.”
2012 Bodega Colomé Altura Maxima ($125). The world’s highestaltitude vineyard produces this “intense, mineral-tinged” wine and its “super-polished” texture.