I enjoyed a little lunch yesterday at Gotham in Vancouver, courtesy of The Wine Syndicate, Bodega Renacer’s British Columbian importer. Across the table from me was Pato Reich, the son of Patricio Reich (who’s the founder and proprietor of Renacer).
We were on the patio, in the blazing-hot summer sun. (Yes, it happens in Vancouver!)
While our cannonball into glasses of 2015 Punto Final Chardonnay hit the (juicy, citrusy) spot, I braced myself for the coming big, bold reds.
The Malbecs? Delicious! Totally enjoyable and on-point. A bit of a chill was put on them and they showed well.
It may be sacrilege to say so, but it wasn’t a Malbec from this lauded, family-run Argentinian winery that blew me away the most.
The Renacer 2015 Punto Final Cabernet Sauvignon was a goddamned showstopper. It carried all the things I love in a good Cab: earthy red and black fruit, a splash of mocha notes, a lift of eucalyptus, and a shaving of pencil lead (seriously, I love that).
Here in Vancouver, it’s a measly 20-odd bucks at private stores like Firefly. Go get it, and throw something awesome on the barbecue.