One well known fact about me is that I love wine. My friends really got me into wine in college, and that translated into my post grad life. My friend Caroline joined a wine club and sent us a code to try it out ourselves. Long story short, I have been in the wine club for over a year now- I just love wine! In fact, I am a firm believer that wine is the only alcohol we should be drinking.
If you are unfamiliar with Graffigna, they are a winery in Argentina who have been in business since 1870. Their wines have unique and bold tastes! Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Graffigna Wines. I sampled three of their wines: Centenario Malbec, Pinot Grigio, and Grand Reserve Malbec.
During the summer I like to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine and since the weather has been so nice lately, I’m taking that tradition into the autumn!
Here are my thoughts on the wines as well as the actual descriptions from Graffigna Wines!
The Centenario Malbec was my favorite of these wines. I’m a big red wine drinker and this malbec did not disappoint. The wine does have a strong fruity taste at the first sip, and once it settles you can really taste hints of vanilla.
Color: Dark purple red with violet hues.
Aroma: Profound and fruit forward, with ripe red berries, sweet spices and a hint of black pepper backed by toasted notes from its oak aging.
Palate: Structured and balanced, with ripe tannins and fresh acidity that leads to toasted and vanilla hints on the finish.
Suggested Food Pairing: Very versatile. It pairs well with lamb and grilled beef, spicy food and poultry.
Service Temperature 59/62°F (15/17°C)
The Grand Reserve Malbec was the first one I tried. You can definitely taste the spices, and there is a long after taste. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before, I truly enjoyed it! The only thing that would have made it even better would have been empanadas!
Color Intense, vivacious purple with hints of violet and bluish black hints.
Aroma: Black fruit (blackberries) and red stone fruits (plums and cherries), with subtle floral notes. It also presents aromas of mocca spices and jams.
Palate: Opulent and silky texture. Mature tannins, with a palate both structured and soft at the same time. Perfectly rounded and accompanied by a long, lingering and exuberant aftertaste.
Suggested Food Pairing: grilled red meats, empanadas.
Service Temperature: 60/64°F (16/18°C)
The Pinot Grigio was floral and refreshing. I’m actually drinking a glass as I’m writing this post! I’m not typically a white wine drinker because many white wines taste almost too sugary for me. This white is more floral with hints of fruit, and it has a crisp finish.
Color: Pale straw yellow with greenish hues.
Aroma: Citric notes and floral nuances, with hints of white peach and apricot.
Palate: Fresh with intense aromas. A pleasant aftertaste that’s crisp and nicely balanced.
Suggested Food Pairing: seafood, seasonal salads, river fish
Service Temperature: 50/53°F (10/12°C)
With the holiday season approaching, wine makes an excellent hostess gift. If you’re looking for a new wine to try or gift, I recommend Graffigna!