Last week was a crazy week both at work and in the “A Glass After Work” household. It was a week full of marathon meetings, a major project deliverable, and Hubby giving notice at his job, so it’s not hard to understand why it was long and hectic. By the time my last set marathon meetings started on Friday afternoon, I was having difficulty concentrating, and I know I wasn’t the only one, as one of my colleagues was playing brick breaker on her Blackberry, while two others were carrying on a private conversation instead of paying attention to the larger group discussion. After the meetings finished, my boss told everyone to go home, but, unfortunately, I had too much work to leave right away. However, I was still able to leave an hour early, and it was an hour that I was grateful for because I was longing for an evening of good red wine, pizza, and movies with Hubby. On the way home, I stopped by the local wine store in search of something a little different from my normal Friday night wine, and I walked out with an Argentinean Malbec.
The 2008 Bodega Tamari Malbec Reserva (winery, snooth) was a deep, purplish ruby with big, drippy legs. On the nose, there was new leather, black cherries, black pepper, blackberries, vanilla, and wood. In the mouth, there was leather, cherries, and a touch of dark chocolate, blackberries, vanilla, and wood. The wine had big tannins, high acidity, and a medium body.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $14.50, this was a great Friday night, pizza wine. The acidity and flavors paired well with the pizza, but offered a refreshing change from the usual Italian choices. On its own, the Malbec was perfect for just settling in and relaxing without being overly complex or requiring too much thought. It was definitely a good choice after a hard week.