I get quite a few samples coming in, and I really do taste all of them. The premise of my blog, however, is to feature wines I want to remember, and for my readers to remember and I don't get very many memorable wines coming in.
I did get one recently that surprised me and I think it's worth putting in your shopping basket.
Unlike a lot of California interpretations of Malbec, one whiff of the 2013 HandCraft Malbec takes you straight to Argentina. It's ripe, but not too ripe with generous blue fruit scents of plum and blueberries, along with pretty reserved oak. This would be welcome grill-side anytime, with steaks or burgers. It has a pinch of zinfandel that adds a nice roasted spice overtone. Recommended.
This wine comes from the Delicato Family Vineyards, probably known to you mostly from brands like Gnarly Head and Twisted, primarily inexpensive everyday wines. The HandCraft wines are overseen by Cheryl Indelicato, and made by Alicia Ysais. Since 2012, HandCraft also has raised $220, 000 for breast cancer charities.