Passo Doble at A La Cruz

Mad about Masi

Recently a Master of Wine friend said he wanted to try more Argentinian Malbec. As a classical drinker I though this a tad odd, until I recalled my first experience with fine Argentinian wine.

As long-time readers will know, I’ve been in loony bins far too often. Once, on an escorted trip outside, I spotted a small wine merchant. When scanning the shelves with increasing despair a dusty bottle on the bottom shelf caught my eye.

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It was an experimental Malbec/Corvina blend called ‘Passo Doble’ made by Masi Tupungato, the Argentinian venture of the great Veneto producer. It seemed like ideal, and appropriately bonkers, entertainment for the afternoon.

At a quiet spot in Highgate Park we popped and poured the wine. After weeks without wine the bitter cherry, earthy, compelling nose instantly transported me to a happier place. It had round, complex flavours. I found its suave, sophisticated structure impressive especially considering its price point. Clearly life had more pleasures for me to discover. I returned to hospital thoroughly energised.

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Since then this wine has been a favourite. So much so that last week, at [link2post id=”4590″]A La Cruz, a top London Asador[/link2post], we got through four bottles. Each sip evoked that happy afternoon and how wine can illuminate even the darkest moments. I have been lucky enough to drink lots of amazing bottles but my first taste of truly inspirational Argentinian wine is a memory that will never dim.

Masi Tupungato’s agents are Berkmann Wine Cellars. Tasting notes of their whole range will follow soon.

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I am a terribly charming loony who has finally found that severe PTSD, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and chronic psychosis is, on one of my all too rare good days, only a moderate impediment to having crazy fun with wine and food. Catch me outside and I am liable to be loudly attired.

4 thoughts on “Mad about Masi”

  1. On the subject of Berkmann, who can forget the fruity sidekick he brought to the beaujolais tasting?

  2. You should try and taste a few Beaujolais 2009s, Mr T, it is a great vintage in which this most non-decent-wine-like of wines can taste like really proper stuff. Highly attractive and quite toothsome, for the most part. I’m not bringing any to our meeting in France, though.

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