LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: July 23
|We want you to drink only good wine. And to never overpay. Since our kwäf Taste Buds are drinking all the time anyway—we mean, tasting all the time—we’re happy to pick out the super star values and pass them on to you. One good wine at a time, just because we care. Find these wines on sale at the LCBO, and enjoy! Sign up to receive weekly picks.
Masi 2011 Tupungato Passo Doble (Mendoza, Argentina)
Sale $11.95, Regular
Discount (until Aug. 17): $2.00
LCBO # 620880 | 750 mL bottle
Tastes like: Fresh black cherries and sweet spicy earthiness.
Pairs with: Creamy cheese, beef carpaccio, lasagna.
Good for: Branching out from the usual Malbec.
Drink this: Now.
Why we're drinking this
This is an Argentinian wine by way of Italy. Italian powerhouse Masi treats this wine like a Valpolicella wine from its native Veneto region. Malbec grapes are blended with some Corvina that has received a little appasimento treatment, the drying processes that concentrates and mellows the flavours. This wine is unlike many other Argentinian Malbecs—it doesn’t have the meaty weight of those high-alcohol beasts. It’s got some finesse, and is quite lovely. In case you’re wondering, Tupungato is the name of the volcanic mountain—one of the highest in the Americas—at the base of which lie the Masi vineyards.
Deep ruby colour shows the concentration in this wine. It’s got some hefty dark cherry on the nose, a hint of kirsch and a little sweet spice and earth. It’s ripe, but not jammy. Quite refreshing, in fact, a little playful. It’s nicely balanced, with medium acid and soft tannins. This rates very high on the quaffable meter. And for two bucks off, this is a real nice deal.
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