AG Pick Under $10: Camino de los 7 Lagos Cabernet Malbec

In July 2006 my husband and I traveled to Buenos Aires where we spent four days drinking great wine and eating all sorts of meat. Our friends from Argentina did the ordering so I’m really not quite sure what parts of a cow we tried or even if it was all from cows. There was some blood sausage and sweet breads in the mix, along with a squiggly light brown thing that may have been brain or intestine, I still don’t know. We took a bite of everything and it all tasted delicious with the wine.

While eating our way around the beautiful city, we tried a great Malbec from Neuquén. It’s a province located in the Patagonia region of Argentina, bordered by Mendoza to the north and Chile to the west. There, temperature variations of warm sunny days and cool nights produce grapes with a nice balance of fruit and acidity.

Since our trip we haven’t found many Argentine wines from Neuquén. But this weekend we discovered Camino de los 7 Lagos wines at Sunset Corners Liquor in Miami. Camino de los 7 Lagos was the first winery in Neuquén. They produce mostly red wines, along with a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. We bought a bottle of the 2007 Cabernet Malbec to try. It’s 60% Cabernet, 40% Malbec.

At $8.99 this red blend is a great value. The wine is dark garnet in color with a touch of purple. It has aromas of red cherries and earth. The taste is more fruit forward than the nose may lead you to believe. There are flavors of red fruit – cherry, plum and raspberry. There are very light tannins that give the wine a silky mouthfeel. The finish is warm and rounded. It’s easy and very pleasant to drink. Camino de los 7 Lagos’ Cabernet Malbec blend is one of Sunset Corners’ best sellers and it’s easy to see why. For the price, the wine is well-balanced and sophisticated and would pair nicely with a variety of dishes.