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Daily Glass: World Cup-Appropriate Wine

As I didn’t have time to look for the interesting news and articles for the traditional Meritage post, I will skip it and will give you the quiz answers next week. And for today, let’s just talk about an interesting wine find.

Literally days before the World Cup started (even if you are not following the World Cup 2014, I assume you are aware of the soccer’s (it is football for the world outside of the United States) main tournament, taking place in Brazil), I got an e-mail from the Last Bottles Wine, offering the wine with the picture of the soccer ball on the label.

Leo Malbec

How appropriate, I thought, I definitely should get this wine, especially considering the price of $18 per bottle – and so I did. Not only this wine has a picture of soccer ball on the label, it is also associated with one of the best known names in the soccer today – Leo Messi, the star of the Argentinian team and one of the very best players in the world.

Same as Leo Messi, the wine hails from Argentina, and yes, it is a Malbec (star player to star grape), and it is produced by the Casa Bianchi, an excellent Argentinian winery which makes a wide range of wines, from simple everyday wines to the ultra-premium, cellar-worthy bottles. The connection between the wine and Leo Messi? Simple. As the back label says, “collaborate with the Leo Messi Foundation in long lasting commitment to building projects focused in health-care and educational developments for children with social disadvantages”.

Leo Malbec Back Label

Let’s talk about the wine – 2011 Casa Bianchi Premium Leo Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina (15% ABV). It was definitely World Cup game -worthy. Dark garnet color in the glass. Beautiful nose of supple fruit, herbs and spices – a touch of eucalyptus, a bit of the dark chocolate – very promising. On the palate, the wine opened up very dense, balanced and smooth, then showing some spicy spikes as it was breathing in the glass. On the second day the wine showed more of that spicy nature, with some acidity and tannins not always dancing together. I believe it will come around in another 3-4 years, it is a bit too young at the moment to show its full potential. Drinkability: 8-

That’s all I have for you – go back to the game and wish Leo Messi all the luck – he and his team will need it. Cheers!

  1. July 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Now this would certainly be appropriate to sip while watching the games. Still reeling over Brazils stunning loss yesterday to Germany, Great review.

    • talkavino
      July 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks, Suzanne! Argentina kind of managed to squeeze by today, but this level of performance will not get them the gold medals.

      • July 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm

        They barely squeaked by but glad they won. It’s exciting to watch. We have a big soccer following in Brooklyn everyone goes to local restaurants and watches with other fans it’s fun.

  2. July 10, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Afraid it’s Germany’s to lose guys and girls!

    • talkavino
      July 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      We shall see…

  3. July 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Great looking label on that wine! Did you know Leo Messi has his own line of wine? http://www.footballerswines.co.uk/lionel-messi-wine/

    We’re all in for Deutschland over here . . . gonna miss the World Cup when it’s over!!

  1. August 4, 2014 at 8:27 am

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