Osprey’s Dominion 2010 Malbec

A November 2014 Hamptons Wine Club Long Island Wine Selection

Osprey's Dominion 2010 Malbec label Osprey’s Dominion is one of our favorite Long Island wineries.  In the past several months we’ve selected their 2009 Cabernet Franc and their 2012 Riesling.  Their beautiful winery is located in Peconic on Route 25, part of the Long Island Wine Trail.   The winery produces a wide selection of varieties including some that are grown less frequently both in the U.S. and on Long Island: these include Malbec (red), Carmenere (red), Fume Blanc (white) and Edelzwicker (white).

We selected Osprey’s 2010 Malbec as one of our red wines for November.   Malbec is often used as a blending grape in Bordeaux.  It adds some depth of color and a tannic backbone when blended with other grapes and is one of the 6 grapes allowed by France in Bordeaux blends.  It is also used as the main grape in wines produced in the Cahors region of Southwest France and is grown extensively in Argentina.

Osprey’s Malbec is a blend of 81% malbec, 17% merlot and 2% tannat grapes.  It was aged for 26 months in French and American oak (35% in new French oak barrels).  It provides a nice contrast to the Raphael cabernet sauvignon we also shipped in November.  While the cabernet is lighter in the glass, this Malbec is quite dark, inky and a deep garnet in color.  It gets close to looking like blueberry syrup.

It was a little reticent on the nose when first opened.  We picked up notes of dark berries (maybe cherries?) and leather after a few swirls.  The wine was not as tannic as we expected; that said, the tannins were still apparent and give a nice mouth-feel.  There is an acid backbone and flavors of red berries.  We didn’t pick up the plum notes sited in the winemaker’s tasting notes but did find a hint of cherries.

We drank this wine with a simple roast leg of lamb (olive oil, garlic and rosemary) and it was an excellent match.  If you are not familiar with the malbec grape this bottle would be an excellent introduction.  Try sampling it with an Argentinian malbec for a fun tasting experience.

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