Bodega Elena de Mendoza is among the dozens of wine brands under the Gallo umbrella that are produced throughout the world. This particular winery is named after Elena Napoli, who came to South America as part of the 19th century emigration of Italians to Argentina.
Monday I listed two wines made by female winemakers, and all three of these were made by Daniela Romero. It's not a deliberate trend this week, but just sort of an interesting coincidence. Priced at $8 each, these are inexpensive table wines for casual consumption. They're enclosed with composite corks, which are made from lots of little pieces of cork glued together. Frankly for this level of wine I really prefer a screwcap, especially when you might be buying full cases for parties.
2009 Boedga Elena de Mendoza Chardonnay
$8, 13.8% abv.
Overripe peach aroma, big peach and apricot flavors with a bit of sweetness. It's a full fruit Chardonnay that's going to require some spicy or strongly flavored food to stand up to it. Jerk chicken might be a good match here.
2009 Bodega Elena de Mendoza Red Blend
$8, 13.8% abv
62% Malbec, 21% Syrah, 17% Bonarda
Coffee, leather, blackberry. Big fruit profile with a slightly sweet kick. A good Argentine combination, but I would have preferred it a bit drier and more subtle. Again, big flavors are going to be necessary to avoid being dominated by the wine.
2009 Bodega Elena de Mendoza Malbec
$8, 13.8% abv
Earthy, leather, dark fruit, dry, soft cherry flavors. Definitely my favorite of the three wines, and suitable for all sorts of red meat. This one would still be a good deal at double the price.
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Note: These wines were received as samples.