A good friend brought this bottle over last night. He spent some time in Argentina years ago and -- in his own words -- had the most amazing bottle of Malbec he had ever tasted. Now, that could be the savory steak that accompanied it, or the fact that he had a few bottles prior, but regardless he was smitten about this wine.
Unfortunately, the wine went by a different name outside of Argentina, and he had trouble locating it to relive the experience.
I know a winery owner in Argentina and, through some digging, we discovered the wine was Angelica Zapata Malbec Alta.
A few months ago, my friend was in Ecuador and saw THE bottle in the airport duty free shop and quickly scooped it up, giddy with excitement.
We tasted it last night and couldn't agree more. Incredibly smooth and velvety tannins. Flavors and aromas are laser-focused and complex, bursting with blackberry, plum, and a hint of oak, vanilla, and earthiness.
To our surprise we discovered that the local Total Wine had a few bottles available. Go figure! Today, he ran down and purchased the bottles.
This is the perfect example of how wine isn't just a drink, it's an experience. And some experiences stay with us forever. Happy Hunting, My Friends.
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