Review: 2010 Bodegas Renacer “Enamore”

Malbec + Amarone = Palate-gasm!

This wine has been a huge hit here at Vine Arts and is definitely one of our best selling reds on the shelf. The reason for Enamore’s popularity may lie in the fact that it combines two of Alberta’s favourite things…Malbec and Amarone. Whatever the case this is a rich, smooth and sexy offering that is the crowd favourite in nearly every single tasting we put it in.

Enamore is a joint venture between two wineries, Allegrini and Bodegas Renacer. The Allegrini family has been making wine in the region of Valpolicella in North-East Italy for generations. They are one of the top producers of the style of wine known as Amarone. Amarone is produced from a blend of local grapes using a unique technique where the grapes are dried out on straw mats for months, effectively shrivelling the berries into small raisins. The wine produced from these dried grapes is often quite rich and intense, with higher levels of alcohol and a mouth coating texture. The Allegrini family teamed up with Bodegas Renacer in Argentina and together they’ve created an Amarone style of wine that’s made in Argentina.

Enamore is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda grown at the foothills of the Andean mountains in Mendoza, Argentina. The grapes are harvested by hand and then dried using the method mentioned above. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

The final result of this interesting collaboration is a wine of great depth and complexity. The nose delivers wonderful aromas of brambleberry, chocolate, raisins and coffee. The palate brings flavours of exotic spice, dried fruits, blueberry and dark chocolate.

This is an outstanding wine and considering that most Amarones will cost you north of $40 a bottle, this is a relative steal at $29 + tax.

Try this delicious red with assertive firm cheeses, braised short ribs or Moroccan Lamb.

Cheers,

Jesse

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