Blind tasting reviews are a fun game to play with restaurant sommeliers and wine nerds across town. I pour a glass from a mystery bottle and ask them to review it blind. By not knowing what the wine is or who represents it, hopefully, an honest-no-bs-review is achieved.
Come inside and read the review of our next contestant…
Michel Durocher is the co-manager of The Sardine Can, a Gastown Spanish tapas restaurant recently opened by Chef Andrey Durbach and business partner Chris Stewart (La Buca, Pied-à-Terre). Michel worked at Parkside, a famed Durback/Stewart restaurant, for 4-5 years and attributes his wine knowledge to his time spent working with them.
Mapema Malbec Tempranillo
Category: Malbec blends
Country/Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Appearance: Deep purple — reminiscent of “Smoke on the Water,” jazz-style.
Nose: Coconibs, glycerine, vegetal, unripe red fruit.
Palate: Dry. The acidity’s there — plenty of mouth-watering action to tame the grippy exterior. Kinda makes you want to gnaw off the inside of your lips. The fruit that’s coming through is dark, deep berry. But right there I took a sip and there it was: gorgeous, bright red fruit! Now I’m playing mind games with myself. The more I drink, the better it gets, which makes me think it’s got plenty of alcohol in it.
Assessment of Quality: Post-dinner, after all is said and done, there’s a big group of you … that’s when you crack this bottle.
Further Comments Upon Reveal: I was in Mendoza five weeks ago! At the end of the day, for the price point, if you like Malbec, it’s a good choice.