April 08, 2009

Flechas de Los Andes 2007 Mendoza Gran Malbec about $30

If you're looking for a special bottle for your Passover brisket, you've found your wine. Flechas de Los Andes Malbec is lush and luxurious, the grape's smooth, round tannins holding the plummy fruit firm without any aggression, oak adding a light vanilla sheen. If it comes across as having an international flair, it comes by it honestly: Bordelais vintners Baron Benjamin de Rothschild and Laurent Dassault of Ch√Ęteau Dassault in Bordeaux, France, founded the winery in 1999, as part of Clos de los Siete, a collective of high-end wineries gathered by the famed French wine consultant Michel Rolland. That the wine is kosher is just a happy bonus for those concerned; since it's not mevushal, it's just as delicious as any nonkosher wine, and will fit in just as well on Passover tables as it would with an Easter leg of lamb.

Imported by Royal Wine Corp., New York

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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