Aruma Malbec 2010

The Malbec grape has a rich history, as do the joint producers of Aruma, Barons de Rothchild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena.

Malbec was widely grown in France, particularly in Bordeaux, until 1956. That year there was a devastating frost that nearly wiped out the crop, and in the subsequent plantings the grape was passed over by growers in the region. While the French still use some Malbec, it is now famous as the “It” grape of Argentina.

Aruma is produced in Argentina’s Mendoza region, by Nicolas Catena of Bodega Catena Zapata fame, with Barons de Rothchild (Lafite). Catena is one of South America’s largest wineries, and was named New World Winery of the Year for 2010 by Wine Enthusiast. Not to be outdone with awards, Barons de Rothchild (Lafite) is by far one of the highest regarded winemakers in the world, producing Premier Crus in France since 1855.

A match-up of this magnitude would be similar to Superman and Batman working together to fight crime. The outcome, Aruma Malbec, is simply outstanding.

When first pouring Aruma, you cannot avoid the rich, aromatic scents of floral berries that envelope the glass. The scents are matched by luscious, deep flavors of blackberry and black cherry. The fruit is full, and accented by the lightest notes of cocoa.

Aruma’s finish sticks with you, leaving traces of ripe raspberry that draw you into another sip. Overall, it is an intense, satisfying Malbec, that is very graceful. If you have never experienced a Malbec, this is a pure expression of its fruit. Aruma is truly beautiful.

Malbecs are easy to cook with, pairing with anything that comes off the grill – steak, pork, and even barbeque. Cheers!