Monday, July 12, 2010

2006 Lindaflor "Petite Fleur"

Opened the 2006 Monteviejo Petite Fleur, Mendoza tonight with my stand-by meal for Argentinian red wines: grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce. What a tremendous wine! Fantastic color. Intoxicating nose of blueberry, blackberry, coffee grounds and black pepper. Might even be a hint of cured meat/salami (from the Syrah, perhaps?) hiding in there, too. Loads of dark fruits and spice on the palate. Big tannins and acidity. My only criticism of this wine is that the 14.5% alcohol seems pretty intrusive. Drink now or cellar for 5 years. A blend of unspecified percentages of Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Chimichurri Sauce

2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup (packed) Italian parsley
1 cup (packed) cilantro
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Simply puree all ingredients in food processor. Serve over grilled beef, pork or chicken.

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