I didn’t have many American red wines recently and so, when I bought myself a juicy American Rib Eye Steak for dinner, I let myself convince by the supermarket wine guy to match it with a Washington State Cabernet by Château Ste. Michelle. “We recently had a tasting of red wines here, where people just bought this wine case-wise”, he said. My choice was made, and I put the bottle of Argentina Malbec I’ve held in my other hand back on the shelve . Yes, I was definitely into a “New World” mode that night.
Back home, I threw my steak into the pan and pulled the cork. No decanting, just straight pouring into a large glass was my way of operation that evening. I was first impressed by a truly dark, nearly black robe, definitely an eye-catcher, but also suggesting a “dangerously” high degree of ripeness.
Then, I encountered a sweet nose of blueberries, also with a slight glue note at first, but then, some herbs and tar accounting for depth but also pretty obvious notes of vanilla/custard powder. On the palate, the sweetness of blueberries and blackcurrant is there as well, laid in a fine structure of powder-like tannins with good grip. The wine appears mouth-filling and with good weight, the 14,5% alcohol are not as prominent as I would have thought and there’s even a good bit of freshness in the finish. Finish is long.
A satisfying wine, that went very well with the steak. A structure and texture that hit the spot and good harmony considering fruit sweetness and high alcohol are the defining factors of this wine. Maybe I was missing a little bit of complexity for the price of around 30 Euro, but then again, this wine still has a few years ahead.