I had dinner the other night in Los Angeles with some friends at a restaurant called Carlitos Gardel that specializes in Argentinean cuisine. I was impressed with the selection of Argentinean wines. I have noticed a number of restaurants, particularly in L.A., with full pages (or more) devoted to wines from Argentina. And I still think that Argentina has more potential to make world-class wines than Chile does, but this is just a gut feeling. I hope to visit both countries next year so that I can have a more educated opinion about it all. This said, I have been drinking wines from both countries for 15 years or so.
Anyway, Max Bozoghlian, whose family owns the restaurant, was keen for me to taste a mature bottle of Malbec from Bodega Weinert. He said that it was top-class and that it would prove the aging potential and quality of reds from his homeland. It was a 1997.
The red did prove that Malbec from Argentina ages well. It was rich and juicy, verging on jammy, with ripe tannins on the finish. The bad news for me was that with air it showed a slightly funky and earthy character, which I assumed came from old barrels. Max later said that Weinert ages its reds for a long time in large, old oak casks. Entonces … eso es la problema. But some glorious fruit was there. And it was not fading from age.
Argentina is a country that I want to explore—its wine, people and culture. For now, I will have to do with the likes of restaurants like Carlitos Gardel which, by the way, serves good hearty grilled steaks and crispy fries.
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