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NOVEMBER WINE: Malbec
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Have you tried this type of wine before?
No, never heard of it.
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No, but I have heard of it.
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Yes, but I never tried it.
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Yes and I tried it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob.. have I told you lately how similar your cat BOB is to my FLUFFY? Maine Coon? Is he Annoying? Talkative? A real baby and has to follow you every where you go? If so... we have the same cat. HAHHH
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like my husband....HAHAHAHA j/k (kinda)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Name: Conquista
De Argentina
Price: 8.99
Year: 2006



Short intro from the wine maker about the wine:
Conquista (Conquest) is almost a synonym of Argentina: the Spaniards, as early as the 16th century followed by the Jesuits and more recently European immigrants notably Italians, were all fascinated by the beauty and richness of this wine. Situated at the foothills of the Andes and fed by the purest water from melted snow, the vineyards produce grapes of outstanding quality. Made to enjoy, this wine with spiced red plum flavours combined with this silky texture should Conquista you at any time of the day.

Review:
I had mine at room temperature, as I do with most of the reds I drink. Although it was young and didn’t need to be decanted, well, I just had to try out my new bar wares Wink (sexy decanter ain’t it?)

The nose was lively and fruity and I could denote a hint of spice but mostly, berries (not plum as the label suggested). At first sip, I could taste berries but couldn’t quite pick out anything specific. (uhm, that would be my unrefined, or what I call, virgin palate) I did notice the slight metallic finish, as Bob and Danielle mentioned.

From the website: “Malbec: Layers of blackberries and blueberries, hints of mocha and spice, full bodied wine with good acidity.”….

huh, go figure, berries. Guess I should have checked the website first for a little guidance on what to look for.

With that being said, although I enjoyed the flavors very much, it was too dry for my taste. (I’m trying, really I am) I have to admit though, it was the very first dry red that I’ve came close to liking, it was just that flavorful. After the first glass, I made a simple syrup and sweetened it up just a tad which made it much more enjoyable for me. (careful, it only took a little)

Would you buy again?: Yes, I'd like to try another (and will probably do so this month) Even if I find it too dry, I will definitely have a bottle on hand for guests.

Wine Pairing Ideas/Recipes:
So I tried it with some smoked Gouda, it really opened up and “danced” on my tongue, with no hint of the metallic finish as before. Next, I tried it with some Italian garlic bread, and it was even more wonderful, the garlic seemed to bring out the spice more. I can see now why Shane had recommended a spicy tomato based dish. I could also see it standing up to a smoked bbq pork or beef.

From the website: “Malbec: Pairs well with rich and hearty foods, roasted meats and vegetables, grilled foods, stew and mature cheeses.”

oh dang, sorry so long, perhaps I'm a bit over excited about the virtual tasting thing Embarassed


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Babette wrote:
Bob.. have I told you lately how similar your cat BOB is to my FLUFFY? Maine Coon? Is he Annoying? Talkative? A real baby and has to follow you every where you go? If so... we have the same cat. HAHHH


Heh, actually he is the most well behaved cat I have ever been affiliated with. He never jumps up on the counters or scratches the rug. He almost never cries and most of the time he just wants to sit quietly in my lap. We do think he is a Maine Coon though. Your Fluffy sounds like Noodles. She whines all the time, scratches up everything and wants to get in the sink and lick dirty dishes. If she sees you coming she rolls over onto her back and yowls. She knocks everything over and likes to attack the windows. It's a good thing she is so cute... Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a great picture DD! What are you using as a background? I do like that decanter. Yeah, mine was quite dry too, I forgot to mention it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BobtheDude wrote:
That's a great picture DD! What are you using as a background? I do like that decanter. Yeah, mine was quite dry too, I forgot to mention it.


Oh thanks Bob! I usually suck at night shots, but I played around with the aparture settings...that's my dinning room back there LOL
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm very impressed DD. Question.....what is the nose? How can you tell if a wine is dry? and whats the opposite of dry called?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ImStuffed wrote:
I'm very impressed DD. Question.....what is the nose? How can you tell if a wine is dry? and whats the opposite of dry called?


The nose (also called bouquet) is how it smells. (swirl it around in the glass, the breath in with your nose deep in the glass)

Dry is just what it sounds like, leaves your tongue and mouth dry. Some describe it as sour, but not all dry wines are sour. The opposite of dry is sweet.

Dry
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok...cool. thanks. I didn't notice the bottle I have as being overly dry but it wasn't what I'd think of as sweet either. and i didn't stick my nose in my glass so I have no idea what kind of bouquet it has
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So now you know for next time!!! I generally prefer semi-dry (which is "tart") to a semi-sweet (which is more of a sweet tart flavor or kind of like a tart grape juice) Sweet wines taste too syrupy to me (how's that for winese? LOL)

If you really want to get a grasp on what "dry" means, next time you try a dry wine, eat a bite of something really sweet, you'll "get" it then, trust me. (but only do that at the end of the bottle, it may make you not want the rest of the bottle, and we can't let THAT happen Smile )

Some sweet wines to try (just to get your bearings)
Reisling
Ice wine
Port
Sherry (although, there are sweet and dry Sherry's so ask beforehand)
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