Sunday, October 3, 2010

Camel Kebabs

601. 2005 Quinta Ferreira Malbec (Okanagan Valley)

Boo was rummaging around in the freezer and (surprisingly?) found that there was still some camel waiting to be serve up. Kebabs it was - but no guests to test this time around.

As we've previously found out during these postings, camel seems to be able to handle whatever red wine you want to throw at it. In honour of the impending trip to Argentina, we served up a Malbec; however, this was one from the Okanagan Valley. I figured why not see what the homeland is growing nowadays as a bit of a counterpoint to what we suppose will be an onslaught of big, old Malbecs once we cross the Equator.

There were only 82 cases of the Quinta Ferreira made in 2005, but I think it might have been the first vintage actually produced for sale. It's not going to stand up to a big Argentine wine in stature or body, but it's becoming clear that BC can produce an entirely drinkable Malbec - more refined in its profile - but enjoyable all the same.

I'd love to write a bit more but time is short and I've already spent more time on this entry than I'm really allowing myself before we head off. Later...

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