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Old 06-24-2012, 08:35 AM   #1
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Dark, Powerful & Red Velvet Malbecs

Buon Giorno, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The extraordinaire expression of the Argentinian Malbec grape variety was not an instant success in Argentina. Old vines were grubbed up to make room for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the result of adaption to the environment and terrior which is in high altitude which has brought out this flavorful dark, powerful and velvety red. The grape is originally from France, however, it is used in Multi Varietals. In Argentina, it is predominately employed as a Mono Varietal. Here are some which I believe are exported to the USA ... and the UK ...

Is anybody a fan of Argentinian Reds ? Would love to hear your feedback.

argentinian malbec red recommendations

1) LUCA MALBEC - UCO VALLEY : espresso and spice notes, with boysenberry and shiso leaf aromas

2) TIKAL MALBEC MENDOZA NATURAL : ripe plum and blackberry mature fruit and licorise hints with a long finish

3) VIŃA COBOS MALBEC - UCO VALLEY BRAMARE : This unique red possesses a cocoa infused finish and dark plum and boysenberry notes

4) POESIA CLOS DES ANDES RESERVA MENDOZA 2006 : this blackberry bouquet with tannins that frame finish and linger with a subtle licorise is just what one would enjoy with a prime rib or filet mignon ...

5) DOMINIO DEL PLATA - MALBEC MENDOZA BEN MARCO 2009 : Framed with a subtle woodsy finish, this ripe black fruit Malbec is luscious.

6) ARGENTO MALBEC SAINSBURY : Produced by Catena Winery who is a pioneer of the single varietal Malbec in Argentina. This wine possesses a hint of cocoa and spice in the finish.

7) SAINSBURY FINCA FLICHMAN MISTERIO MALBEC : Intense black violet in hue, with a kiss of vanilla, and loaded with ripe fruit, is a lovely wine with your beef.

8) TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES RESERVA MALBEC : This wine had been produced 1.000 metres above sea level in the Andean foothills of Argentina. A well structured silky mouthfeel red, with cocoa that wraps itself around the luscious red cherry fragrant fruit.

Would love to discuss Argentinian Malbec Wines ...

Ciao, and a lovely Sunday to all,
Margi.

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Old 06-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #2
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I tend to stick with producers I find to be consistently good from year to year. A few of my favorites are Achával-Ferrer, Bodega Colomé, and Altos Las Hormigas. All make excellent Malbec, including several priced in the under $20 range.

For simple and inexpensive everyday table wine, Trapiche and Alamos are pretty decent as well. They can also be found virtually anywhere.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:46 AM   #3
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Buonasera Steve,

Thank you for your feedback and as always, I truly appreciate your wine savvy.

Yes, in Spain or Italia, I tend to purchase wines as you do, with knowledge of the winery and / or oenologist.

However, with the amount of importing Spain does with Argentina, it is quite small, however, excellent harvest qualification years, and thus, the prices are a bit steep in comparison to same qualification of Spanish varieties. I happen to truly enjoy the Malbec Mono Varietal none the less.

The most reasonable priced one we shared was from CONCHA Y TORO and furthermore, I have heard the Malbec Grape is doing quite well in Chile ...

Any news on Chile producing Malbec Mono Varietals to date ?

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Old 06-24-2012, 11:00 AM   #4
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Hi Margi,

Good question. Two years ago, I purchased 250 pounds of Malbec grapes that were grown in Chile (our grape distributor ships in Chilean wine grapes in the spring - Cab Sauv, Merlot, Carménčre) and made some of my own. So, yes, I know they grow Malbec in Chile, but strangely enough, I can't recall ever tasting a commercially produced Chilean Malbec wine. I'll have to keep my eyes open.

We like Concha y Toro, too. They are another good value producer.

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Old 06-24-2012, 11:23 AM   #5
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Hi Steve,

Thanks so much for your feedback. Yes, Toro y Concha is a good standard value.

It is amazing that you are able to create artisanial wines in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the weather can be quite bitterly cold, prone to blizzards and wet ...

The Concha y Toro I had tasted was made in Chile, not Argentina: Single Lot Malbec Oddbins and the enologist is Marcello Papa. It shows promise ... Though, the ones I had when we lived in Buenos Aries were phenomenal ... The ones I have tasted here in Madrid are pricey, however, exemplary.

The Vet ( Filippo ) is a specialist in Cattle Medicine and Birthing Defects.

Thus, we had lived in Punta de Este, Uruguay long before it had become the Santa Barbara of Uruguay, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aries ... ( 3 years ).

Here in the Mediterranean, harvest time is usually September October ... though some Appellations, have late August harvests depending on climate.

When are your grapes ready for harvest and what do you have planted ?

T.U. for your feedback.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:11 PM   #6
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I grow three varieties of black grapes: Frontenac, Marquette, and Petite Pearl. All are French-American hybrids. Our climate here in the northern US is too cold for most pure European grape varieties. Some, like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, can be grown, but they require a great deal of protection to survive winter freezes.

Below is a photo of my youngest vines, the Petite Pearls. They are four years old and this year will be the first harvest. Petite Pearl is a new grape variety. It's a hybrid of Pinot Noir, but bred with cold climate varieties to survive severe winters. I have some of the first vines of this variety ever released to the public.

We harvest in September/October, same as you.

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Steve,

Thanks so much for posting your beautiful Petite Pearls ... Wonderful ... I wish you all the best for an exemplary harvest.

You´ll have to send over a bottle !

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:27 PM   #8
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Steve,

I have also created a Chilean Wine Thread ... However, due to so many members posting today, it is not showing on active discussions yet.

Have nice evening.
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I have had several very good Argentine Malbecs, as well as some very good Argentine Torrontés, but I never wrote down the names. One Argentine wine brand that comes to mind is Dońa Paula, because I have a bottle in my cellar. Malbec is my go-to wine for heavy beef dishes such as steak or roast beef.

What I can say is, in my opinion, the Malbecs from Mendoza are better than the Malbecs from Salta, while the opposite is true for Torrontés. The 7,000 ft elevation makes a big difference in the crispness of the Torrontés.

I understand Red Rock Winery in Sonoma County California makes a Malbec, but I have yet to find one in any wine shop I frequent or at any of the wine festavils I have attended. I just may have to order a bottle on line.
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Sir Lion of Beef.

Thanks so much for your feedback.

Have a lovely 4th July.
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