You know those red wines that coat the tongue while soothing the gullet? Those robust rouge that pair just as well with an evening fire as they do a hearty meal?
Those are tastebud huggers, and now that we’ve reached the end of November it is officially tastebud hugging season.
The holidays are around the corner and who knows what December 2020 will bring, so let’s simply take a moment, steady things down if possible, and slowly sip a tastebud hugger — such as one of these three bottles.
Kaiken 2018 Selección Especial Malbec, Argentina ($15.99, #578690)
Malbec is a go-to tastebud hugger, especially Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina. There’s a new Malbec on shelves, and it decidedly fits the profile. Aptly named after a goose that migrates between Chile and Argentina, Kaiken is 100 per cent Malbec from the Mendoza region of Argentina made by famed Chilean winemaker Aurelio Montes and his son Aurelio Montes Jr. Expect dark fruit complemented by tobacco leaf and spice in this bright garnet beauty. It starts plush before herbs, vanilla, and toasty oak come to the fore, concluding with robust tannins on a balanced finish. Bring on earthy mushroom dishes, or mid-week meaty pizza!