Gloomy Weather. Gloomy Mood. Gloomy Wine.

September 8, 2010

 Monday was such a bummer. It was a full-on, stereotypical Seattle day: soul-crushing gray skies and constant drizzle. I couldn't even think about white wine, rosé, or even (gasp!) bubbles. I decided I was going to bring home a wine black as my mood. Alma Negra? (Black Soul?) Perfect. This is a rich, dense, very tasty wine that filled me with a much-needed warming glow. So what's this wine all about? The Alma Negra, from Argentina, is a somewhat quirky blend of Bonarda, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Bonarda is primarily a workhorse blending grape, but more and more I am seeing it as a single-varietal wine or as a major component of a blend. (The Alma Negra is 70% Bonarda.) It's really low in tannin so you can sip it without any other accompaniment. Just bring your gloom. 

Alma Negra

PS: Alma Negra also makes a crazy good sparkling Malbec rosé; it's really pale and elegant, which usually is not Malbec's MO.



David's picture

Alma means "soul", so it's "Black Soul", probably an even more fitting name.

Jameson Fink's picture


You are so right, very fitting! I updated the post; thank you for the correction.

LKP's picture

This sounds outstanding!

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