La Mala Maria Malbec 2020, Mendoza
Maria Celeste Alvaro is a winemaker and unapologetic feminist. With an all-female team in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina she produces a very small amount of wine, some of which is available in Colorado. La Mala Maria translates to “bad/naughty Maria” and is about being unconventional and casting away the norms of somewhat rigid and certainly male-dominated winemaking in Argentina. Through her wines and hard work she hopes to create a space for more women to flourish in the Argentinian wine industry. Better yet, her wines are outstanding! This Malbec is loaded with cheerful red cherry fruit along with blackberries and violets with a hint of spice from French oak barrels that leads into a structured palate framed by gentle tannins. A remarkable value and a terrific wine for burger night.