Wine Review: 2008 90+ Cellars Malbec Reserve (Lot 36) – Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza

I grumbled all the way to the store to pick-up one of 90+ Cellars’ newest releases, the Lot 36 Malbec Reserve, and hoped that it would be worth the trip. I detest the concept of bulk warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s, but this wine, according to 90+ Cellars’ most recent newsletter is available exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Club. So, I made the journey to the Westborough BJ’s.

The Malbec Reserve is a dark purple with the varietal’s characteristic violet hue. The first sniff and sip indicated that this is a big wine with lots going on. It has aromas of black cherries, plum, blueberries, smoke, cedar, vanilla, and some faint floral notes. The palate has a core of dark fruits, spice, black pepper, and coffee. Though it is dry, there is the impression of sweetness from the ripe fruit and oak. Medium plus tannins and medium acidity, with a very long finish. The wine was tight in the beginning, but kept evolving and getting better. It would benefit from decanting, which I plan to do before drinking the second bottle.

I will say this wine was worth the trip, especially given the price. While it would complement a steak or other asado foods perfectly, it was a very good match for our Angus hamburgers. And at this price, you don’t have to feel guilty for pairing it with simpler dishes.

At BJ’s Wholesale Club in Westborough for $12.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.


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