So, now that we're on Twitter, I figure it's probably a good time to get back in here and do some reviews. It's been a while since I wrote about any wines we've enjoyed (or not), but I'm not alone - look at that list of contributors - seen any of them lately? No, neither have I. I hope they know I'm just kidding. I am you know. Really. Anyway.
Last week we decided to give another Malbec a try. In the rack we had a Bodega Norton Malbec 2007 (you'll excuse me if I hear Jackie Gleason's voice in my head right now) that we decided would be a good match for some pasta we were having. I opened the bottle, poured two glasses and let them sit for bit. I took a sip a few minutes later and was a bit overwhelmed by tannins and some acidity. I'll admit, I was more than a little nervous that this a poor choice. However, after letting it sit a while longer, eating some dinner, I picked up the glass again and was pleasantly surprised by how it had mellowed and accented the pasta quite well. It is a fairly fruity wine with plum and cherry accents and a hint of currant. It should definitely be given ample breathing time to bring out its more subtle notes and allow its character to develop.
It lists anywhere between $7.29 and $9.99 and is quite a good bargain. Quick story: I went into a closet where we have more wine stored (the rack is full) looking for another bottle for this evening and grabbed another bottle of the very same Norton 2007. This was bought two weeks ago and about five days before we enjoyed the reviewed bottle. Apparently the wine gods influenced this purchase knowing we would find one we would like.