Malbec, despite its surge in popularity over the past couple of years, remains a mystery to most U.S. wine drinkers. Is it supposed to be an easy drinking wine, similar to California merlot? Or is it supposed to be a little more complicated, like a mid-priced French wine?
The answer may well be the High Note (about $13), which makes room for itself between those two groups. The wine, put together by the company that brought the world Fat Bastard, isn’t completely malbec. Rather, winemaker Fernando Buscema blends the malbec with cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and petit verdot. The result is a wine with quality malbec fruitiness but more backbone than most malbecs.
Serve this everything from spaghetti to roast lamb to roast chicken. One warning, though: availability may be limited. Enough of the wine was made – the catch will be getting it into U.S. retailers.