In celebration of Spring and the fourth annual Georgia Wine Highway Weekend, I finally had an excuse to open the Tiger Mountain Vineyards 2007 Malbec (a special thank you to Martha Ezzard, co-owner of Tiger Mountain Vineyards, who sent me a sample). I’ve shared my excitement for Georgia wines in the past, and especially Tiger Mountain Vineyards (see my earlier post). Great hospitality, fabulous wine, and incredible views make this winery a must stop along the wine trail when visiting North Georgia, and is another fine example of the potential offered up by Georgia.
The 2007 Malbec comes in at 12% alcohol, includes a cork closure, and is made up of 90% of the varietal grape. A splash of Tannat was added for color and more tannin. The wine retails for $22 and is available for purchase from the winery. We decided to pair alongside locally made beef empanadas from Whole Foods. Our cheese expert recommended two cheeses, a Pata Cabra goat cheese, and a Mahon Do Reserve spanish cheese.
Due to the young age, I chose to decant and let sit for an hour before pouring. A great decision, because the wine opened up nicely. In the glass, the wine exhibited a beautiful, deep, inky color. On the nose, I picked up plum, hickory smoke, currant, and strawberries. The bouquet on this wine is worth the price of admission. In the mouth, I got raspberries and strawberries. A surprisingly smooth, light bodied wine, that paired perfectly with our selections.
Once again, Tiger Mountain Vineyards has produced a crowd pleaser and proves Malbec has a bright future, high in the North Georgia mountains!
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