Forastero Malbec


“Forestero” is Spanish for stranger, and sometimes this wine feels like a stranger compared to other Argentinian Malbec. The vines are located in the Uco Valley in the Andes Mountains between 1,100 and 1,500 meters in elevation, with a very large diurnal shift (drastic temperature swing from hot days to cool nights, generally around 30 degrees). This allows the grapes to ripen more slowly and retain acidity and complexity, similar to a French Malbec. The vineyards are planted on pebbly soils mixed with volcanic moraines. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with daily pump overs to ensure the presence of measured amounts of oxygen. A portion of the wine is aged in twice-used French barrels. All of this is to say that the wine has a lot of nuance and finesse, like an old-world style. Medium-bodied, dry. Starts with a lovely red color and a nose of fresh crushed fruit. The palate has just enough concentrated blueberries and blackberries balanced by vibrant acidity, spice, and smooth tannin. Pairs well with any fatty ingredient such as beef, pork, cheeses, and even dark meat poultry.