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Old 07-02-2012, 06:20 PM   #11
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Eureka! I finally found a bottle of California Malbec. It's a Reserve 2010 Red Rock Sonoma Malbec, and of all places to find it, it was in my regular groshree store!

I'm going to wait until I have a dinner heavily invested in beef to open it. Maybe I'll pick up a beef roast next time I go shopping.
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Old 07-03-2012, 06:57 AM   #12
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Sir Lion of Beef,

I have always been quite an explorer, and you maybe surprised what one can find in a tiny Grocer´s or small Deli ... Stuff that they do not even know the value of and / or what they may of forgotten, as they have so many clients to deal with ...

California is like Penedès, in Catalonia, as it produces uncountable grape varieties ...

Enjoy and Happy 4th,
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #13
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California doesn't grow a lot of Malbec, and most of it ends up in their Meritage blends. But there are several wineries that bottle it as a varietal. One of the Sonoma vineyards that I've purchased grapes from in the past, Windsor Oaks, has a block of Malbec vines. Their 2008 Malbec took a gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle competition last year.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:12 PM   #14
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Steve,

Thanks for your feedback.

Pleased to hear the good news on the California Appellation 2008 Gold Medal Award in San Francisco.

I agree that both France and California usually employ the Malbec Grapes in a Varietal verses Argentina. The Argentinians have been producing 100% Malbec in Mendoza. Furthermore, they too have been growing other varieties in the high plateaus of the Andes ... With so much climatic change, wine growers are adapting new agricultural and oenological methods ...

As I know you are aware living in Minnesota ... Cold winters ...

As I had mentioned to you in an earlier thread, Chile is growing Malbec and Gerwütraminer ! See Chile Thread ...

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Old 07-08-2012, 01:43 PM   #15
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Today is the day!

Sunday Dinner will be grilled rib eye steaks; twice baked potatoes stuffed with sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon and chives; maple orange glazed carrots; and my brand new best friend, the 2010 Red Rock Winery California Malbec Reserve.

I'll let you know how it compares to the Argentine Malbecs.
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:43 AM   #16
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Sir Lion Of Beef: How did the Malbec pair ?

Hope your dinner was very special ... How did the Malbec pair ?

Would enjoy hearing your viewpoint ?

Ciao, Have nice Tuesday.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:28 PM   #17
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The California Malbec was excellent! It was a deep purple, and the initial taste was acidic, with a silkiness in the mouth missing from a cabernet sauvignon or a pinot noir. There were hints of deep red fruit such as blackberry and plum, well rounded tanins, and a chocolatey finish. I won't hesitate to buy another bottle and I'll be proud to cellar it with my Argentine Malbecs.

So now I will have to go out and hunt down a Chilean Malbec to compare with both the Argentine and the California examples.
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Old 07-11-2012, 11:26 AM   #18
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Sir Lion Of Beef: Thanks so much for the wine review

Truly appreciate your wine review ... Sounds wonderful. I jotted down the name of the Californian Malbec, and shall check with my wine distributor contacts.

I shall look forward to hearing about Chilean Malbec Reds too ...

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Old 07-11-2012, 09:18 PM   #19
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I LOVE malbecs and here in Washington state they are rapidly gaining traction with local vintners. One of my favorites is made by Barnard Griffin and loaded with berry flavors. You just want to lick the glass out to get the very last bit.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #20
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Janet H. : Thanks so much for your Recommendation

Janet, Buonasera,

Firstly, thanks so much for your recommendation and feedback.

When I visit the USA, I always look for Washington State wines ... I have had many that are absolutely wonderful.

They are quite scant on this side of the blue pond, however, I know numerous Wine Distributors in the restaurant and bar biz, so it never hurts to ask ... Lavinia ( www.lavinia.es ) is a French Retail wine market, with a California, Washington & Oregon section as well as Canadian Ice Wines, so I also shall have a look when I return from Puglia.

I am leaving for Puglia tomorrow ... And shall return to Madrid at end of August.

Have lovely summer.
Margi. Ciao.
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