This article marks the first of many to come. Prepare yourself, because my long dreamed about fantasy has become a reality: writing wine reviews. With the assistance of Wine World in Abingdon, I will be bringing you my opinions on wines from around the world. And as every first article needs a starting point, I have mine: Bodegas Alma Negra, which is a red blend of malbec and bonarda from the Mendoza region in Argentina.
At first smell, the wine gives off an oaky and deep cherry aroma. Being a person who seldom enjoys heavy oaks in my wine, I became a bit skeptical. But once the first sip entered my mouth and danced around my taste buds, my eyebrows perked up and a smile quickly took shape. This is an exceptional wine. The oaky and heavy cherry aromas trick you into thinking this will be a strong drink to be wrestled with, but the taste speaks a different language. The oak serves as a backdrop to the luscious cherry flavor and the wine tastes surprisingly light.
The initial sip may give you a bit of a jolt to the throat with an alcohol percentage of 13.3. But don’t let that deter you. Forging ahead to the second and third sips will bring you a satisfying taste as the cherry and oak work together to seduce your taste buds into glass after glass.
I highly recommend this wine for anyone with a love of reds, especially big fans of Malbec. Pair this delicious drink with something featuring a heavily grilled or smoky flavor. Word on the street is that many people are enjoying it with a nice steak. Or you could opt for my favorite method for drinking this one, sans food. This wine stands firmly on its own and has jumped up as one of my most recent favorites. Color me impressed.
If you like what you hear and wish to try this wine, make your way to Wine World in Abingdon (www.mywineworld.com). This bottle of wine retails for $26.99 and is worth every penny.