RKS 2023 Wines: Good Karma Malbec? Blueberry Jam Memories!

Most Argentinian Malbecs are infused with good Karma. Is it because of some higher power in the wine cosmos or a matter of terroir meeting the right grape and winemaker? I think it best not to disrupt any mysticism. So I will not answer the question.

From Finca Sophenia we have a 2020 Malbec from Argentina’s Uco Valley.

Aroma: I had my homemade blueberry jam on my homemade bread this morning and the first component of the aroma here is big time blueberry jam. Not the raw fruit but the jam. Yes the wine must be homemade! There is also quite a rich streak of blackberry and yes I make blackberry jam too! There is some sweetness to the aroma but it may just be my blueberry jam memories?

Palate: Moderate tannins. The lavish blueberry of the aroma has yielded to a firm if not youngish wine swamped with that blueberry jam with blackberry trailing behind. Give the wine two more years in the bottle and the fruit will emerge and soften the wine. The acidity is well measured and prevents the wine from being jammy!

Personality: You might initially conclude I am fast and easy if you put your nose to work but calm down people my palate shows I am no Chippendale dancer. Give me until 2026 and I’ll be doing the Watutsi!

Cellarbility: A perfect candidate for ageing. Hold until 2029 and this wine will flesh out.

Food match: https://www.driscolls.com/recipes/blueberry-balsamic-glazed-rosemary-chicken

Price: $21.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 94/100. Jamessuckling.com 94.

(Sophenia Karma Malbec 2020, Uco Valley, Finca Sophenia, Mendoza, Argentina, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 28085).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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