Valentine Salentein was Fine Wine

This is a follow-up on our post that discussed our discovery of the Salentein restaurant in The Netherlands. The bottle of Salentein Malbec did indeed survive the trip home to Colorado, and Rose and I enjoyed it for Valentine’s day.

Interestingly, as we noted in the earlier posting about the difference between the magnums and the regular 750ml bottles, this single-vineyard bottling was more like the flavor of the magnums of the 2010 Malbec-–a little more tannin, more flavor in “the middle,” and a longer-lasting finish. We wondered if the magnums contain a different blend than the general Malbec, with perhaps a bit more from this single vineyard. 

Over a 2+ hour period, it continued to improve. As always, we left a little on our cruvinet system (a Nitrogen system to halt Oxidation) to try the next day. But by then it was over the hill; our lengthy dinner allowed it to go beyond it’s best. Sometimes, heavily tannic wines need 3-4 hours open time for their full flavor to emerge.

Checking availability and pricing, alas, the 2010 Salentein Plot N0 21 Malbec single-vineyard bottling seems not to be available in the USA. Hopefully, the importers will discover enough volume to bring in a little—at least to Colorado! The Reserve seems to be available, at a very reasonable price–$15-20 in the USA; in fact, Applejack’s on the North side of Denver appears to have it in stock. Maybe we’ll make it up there before it disappears. Interestingly, the “normal” is not as easy to find, and tends to sell at a little higher price.

We have enjoyed Argentine Malbecs since the early 1990s, when we realized that many of the best Aussie Shiraz’ were starting to become overpriced. Thus our sojourn to Argentina, to taste the great Malbecs near their source–and our continuing adventures to discover undiscovered wines. We suggest that you watch for Salentein Malbecs any time you visit your favorite wine shop, and bring home a bottle–-or more!