Water Wheel Vineyards, “Memsie”, Bendigo, Australia 2004 ($17) – An interesting blend of 83% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Malbec. Garnet in color with black cherry, current and spice aromas. Plum, black pepper and spice flavors finishing with dusty tannins. Delicious and a great value. Score: 9/10
Ladera, Malbec, Napa Valley 2002 ($38) – Dark ruby color, black cherry and pepper aromas with smooth blackberry flavors. Very nicely done. Score: 8.5/10
Today’s podcast focuses on another Bordeaux blending variety: Malbec. I also talk about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision opening up interstate wine shipments to more states and follow up on the wine and food matching challenge from Winecast 22.