About the Wine
There’s an ideal place for a wine to thrive, a part of the world where soil, water, climate and people come together to create a varietal of singular distinction. Criterion is your guide, the benchmark by which all others are measured. Criterion sits on the Andean bench lands of Mendoza’s Uco Valley. The Uco Valley is widely considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza, as well as all of South America. The average temperature is 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit with altitudes of 2,950 to 3,930 feet above sea level. The combination of geography and optimal climate allows for an ideal Malbec. The optimal climate and geographical elements results in wines that are deep in color and rich in flavor.
It is a 100% Malbec, ABV 14%
Criterion is bold and silky with pronounced aromas of ripe berries, black pepper and licorice. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries and blackberries with a touch of leather and cardamom.
This Malbec pairs beautifully with braised beef short ribs and a side of roasted vegetables.
The Wine Down
This is a great Malbec for under $20.00. I picked it up at our local Whole Foods.