Thursday, March 3, 2022

Serbal Malbec Leads Mardi Gras Parade


Wine highlights night of New Orleans-style festivities

Mardi Gras Is Back!

No matter where we’ve lived over the years – Oklahoma, Ohio, or North Carolina – we’ve always celebrated Mardi Gras with friends and festivities. COVID quashed that the past couple years. Thankfully we were able to crank up the Zydeco music once more for a celebration this year.

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To accompany our Cajun-Creole-styled meal we had a curated selection of wines. The first red we uncorked was the 2020 Serbal Malbec from Bodega Atamisque from Argentina’s Uco Valley.

The vines for Serbal are planted in higher altitude areas and grapes from these elevations tend to be fresher and more floral. That’s the case with this Malbec, as the red fruit notes come shining through with some plum and floral touches.

We also opened a unique white wine, Domaine Estrade 2020 Côtes de Gascogne. A 50-50 blend of Colombard and Sauvignon Blanc, I was delighted by the fresh taste of peach and grapefruit. The flavor is round and gushing. The light alcohol (12.5%) made this a perfect aperitif while we mingled about. At a cost of about $15, this is a white wine ripe for a purchase of multiple bottles. I can see this as a great match with a casual seafood dinner as well as a friendly gathering on the patio. Needless to say, it’s also dynamite at your next Mardi Gras party.

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We uncapped a Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling as well. The slight pop of sweetness was a nice match for our spicy Cajun dishes. For the big red fans, we cracked open the Maxville 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a heavenly bottle of goodness.

The Maxville Lake Winery is located in Chiles Valley, a small AVA nested within Napa Valley. Elevations in the AVA range up to 1,200 feet, providing a cool climate that allows the grapes to fully develop their flavors without sacrificing the acidity. The acidity results in a balanced wine.

It is a rich wine, with rounded flavors of currant and cranberry. There are some nice oak moments as you savor the long lingering finish.

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