What to Drink Right Now: Santa Julia Tintillo Malbec Bonarda 2016


        You know when you want something, but you don’t know exactly what you want?

        I was having one of those nights when I came across this Malbec blend in my wine rack. The back label advises drinkers to drink this wine cold. Well, since I wanted it then and was just pulling it out of my wine rack, cold was not going to happen. And, it didn’t need to.

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        It was wonderful room temperature! I did store the leftover wine in my fridge for the next night, I know I can already hear my friends asking, “What’s leftover wine?” Lol. And I did try it cold. It drank well cold, but better to take it from the fridge about 20 minutes prior to enjoying so it isn’t too cold.

        It’s fresh, fruity, medium-bodied, slightly spicy and herbaceous. Its nose is lively with fresh red fruit. It reminded me a bit of a lovely Beaujolais, but with more depth and a longer, richer and more vibrant finish.

        Besides your expected pairings for red, this is a red that I can see pairing well with foods you might normally consider white wine foods, like fish and salads. It drinks perfectly fine without food as well.

       The blend is 50% Malbec and 50% Bonarda. It’s an interesting twist on Malbec, and at under $10, it’s definitely worth trying. And, as I sit at my computer this Sunday night, waiting for snow, I can see this being a wonderful summer red and fun and economical wine to bring to barbeques.

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12BY6: Federica Morra

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