Wine of the Week: TintoNegro, Argentina, Mendoza, Malbec 2013

TintoNegro, Argentina, Mendoza, Malbec 2013, $8.99-$14.99

TintoNegro, or black wine, is a project of Argentine Alejandro Sejanovich and American Jeff Mausbach. They both worked at the Catena winery for several years, Sejanovich as a viticultural director and Mausbach as a global wine educator. They have embarked upon multiple wine projects together, individually and with other partners. The TintoNegro project calls upon their knowledge of and experience with different areas and vineyards in the Mendoza region of Argentina to create an easy-to-drink malbec priced for your weekday dinner table.

The grapes for this malbec come from the Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu areas south of Mendoza. Here the vines are grown at altitudes of 2,600 to 3,300 feet where the sunlight is more intense and the grapes grow thicker skins, giving more intense color as well as sturdier tannins. Temperatures at this altitude have a great range of daytime highs and nighttime lows, helping grapes ripen while maintaining fresh acidity. The vintners think these temperatures give the wine spicy sweet plum flavors while the soils produce grapes with soft texture and ripe tannins.Rebecca Murphy~ The Dallas Morning News