This week I am reviewing a new red that I have never tried before, Proemio Malbec. I am not very familiar with Malbec wine so I figured I would start with one from the Mendoza region of Argentina. I always love trying new things and I really want to expand my knowledge and taste buds past my trusty Napa Valley cabs. This week I decided to pair my Malbec with a variety of new cheeses that offer three very distinct flavors. I recently read that the key to a great cheese plate is having a variety of cheeses ranging from mild to bold. This plate covers all of the above starting on the left with a Fontina Val Daosta cheese. This is a semi-firm cheese with a rich, nutty flavor and subtle fruit notes. The cheese to the right is Auricchio Provolone which is a super sharp Italian Provolone cheese that is often regarded as one of the best-tasting Provolones in the world. It has a strong aroma and a very bold nutty flavor. I am still not 100% on the provolone bandwagon, but this one brought me one step closer to being a fan. Finally, I rounded out the plate with an Italian Robiola cheese which is a creamy spreadable cheese made from cow's milk. It is mild in flavor and slightly sweet. Perfect for people who aren't into the bold flavors of the Fontina and Provolone!
Proemio Malbec, $10.99 , www.winelibrary.com
What The Experts Say:
A dark nose with notes of black pepper and spiced plums is rich, which carries over to the palate. Ripe dark stone fruits are layered with earth and baking spice. The structure carries the flavors harmoniously through a long finish with a hint of cocoa.
What I Say:
This wine is earthly and extremely spicy. If you are a fan of spicy wine, then this Malbec is definitely for you. After I got used to the spiciness, I really enjoyed it especially with the cheeses I picked to pair with it. If you are not a fan of spicy, bold wines, you might want to sit this one out.