What Jen’s Drinking Friday…

by farrah on February 10, 2012 · 5 comments

This is Jen’s second round on What I’m Drinking Friday… and I think she pretty much rocks it. Let’s hope she keeps finding new stuff to share with us!


Cigar Box Malbec 2010 (Malbec-red)

So I was at my in-laws’ for dinner and we were all waiting for my husband, who was stuck in traffic coming from work.  Normally I have a rule that I never drink on an empty stomach, because experience has shown me (and driven home that point painfully hard) that doing so leads nowhere good. No sirree, Bob. So when my Mother-in-Law offered me a glass of wine, I thought I’d have a sip or two and save the rest to drink during dinner.

I was handed a glass of red wine, and I didn’t even bother to ask what it was. I took the requisite sip, and as I was about to retire the glass until the meal was served, I realized I was hooked, immediately looking for the bottle to find out what it was.

Cigar Box Malbec. Something I never would have picked out.

Not that I have anything against cigars. In fact, I kinda like the smell of a nice cigar and have even been known to puff on a stogie once or twice in my day.  And I actually really like Malbecs as a rule. But let’s face it, the label was, well, ugly, and I was clearly not part of the target demographic.  A look at the website confirmed this, proclaiming “Show Everyone How Swanky You Really Are,” followed by verbiage full of bravado and machismo. Yeah, not my style. Or even my gender, really.

But I gotta tell you, this is a really good wine. The winemaker describes it this way:

Sourced from a single vineyard, the grapes for this wine were bunch selected and hand harvested. The wine displays aroma of ripe plum and violets along with subtle hints of vanilla. Of great structure, this wine stands out for its meatiness and intense rich flavor while a soft silky finish balances the overall experience. Drink with grilled meat or salmon, or alone in your room with the door locked… you are the boss!

Well, my three-year-old makes it clear that I am not, in fact, the boss, but cheesy marketing and unattractive label aside, I was really digging this wine. The plum and vanilla notes were rich and dark and oh-so-smooth, and I just kept wanting more. So much so that before I knew it, I had broken my cardinal rule of No Alcohol On An Empty Stomach. Luckily I stopped myself before things got too ugly (although I may or may not have posted something a little too sappy on Facebook), but it was a close one.

So give this one a try. It retails for around $10. Just make sure you have a snack first, because you will want to down this stuff by the glassful. And I can’t be responsible for what happens if you break The Rule of the Empty Stomach.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angie February 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Ohh…I’m so glad you tried this!! This is the only red wine I have ever bought by the case- and oh did we ever! It really is so smooth and full of subtle flavor. A wonderful review, Jen!!


2 Shannon rhoads February 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Trying this over the weekend! I love you, man!!!


3 Dan February 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have to agree, it’s a great little wine for the price. I don’t think it’s an award winner by any stretch, but it drinks nicely. The plum notes really stand out for me. I’ve had many bottles of this wine and still buy it from time to time. I’ve also served literally hundreds of bottles of it to a Masonic lodge here in Boston, and they guys love this one. Part of it may be that they ARE the target demographic for such a label, but also…it’s just a great wine to serve with a variety of beef dishes. It doesn’t overpower anything you are eating, but you won’t lose it off your tongue to an aggressive sauce or side dish.

Also, if you liked this one, definitely try Agua de Piedra Malbec, 2010


4 KerryB February 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

oooooh! never drink on am empty stomach! me too but I do it all the time. Ican’t wait to try. I LOVE malbecs!!! Thanks for the share! Keep drinkin’ Jen!


5 Carrie Bayne February 12, 2012 at 1:39 am

I bought this last night and agree, it is a delicious wine. Even the wine snobs I was with last night enjoyed it very much. I will buy this again.


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