Affordable Malbec for the Holidays

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Affordable Malbec for the Holidays One of my first tasting reports for Snooth was Argentine Malbec. It wasn't a big surprise actually, since Malbec in October 2008 was on a roll of rising quality and value. That tasting focused on wines in the $12 to $18 range, a step up from today's offerings, though there were a few lower priced selections that would have been right at home here.

I'll be tasting Malbec wines in the $15 to $25 range next week, and that's where most of the wines tasted in 2008 would likely fall today. This brings me to some observations about these wines. While that 2008 tasting focused on Argentine Malbec exclusively, there were few other options to include had I wanted to, with the exception of Cahors. Today, that is not true, as the wines from the U.S. attest to with this tasting. Further examples from France, Australia, South Africa and the U.S. will reinforce this in round two.

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  • Snooth User: bekka7227
    933159 1

    I was introduced to Malbec a year ago and have fallen in love with Kaiken, but it's hard to find so when I do find it you can bet I'm buying a bottle or 2!!
    Thanks for recognizing Argentine Malbec - I haven't tried many brands but what I have tried it awesome!
    Bekka

    Dec 01, 2011 at 5:52 PM


  • Snooth User: dbownds
    975066 0

    A friend brought a bottle of Malbec a couple of weeks ago - I'm hooked! I find it milder than Cabs or Pinots. It was Cupcake Vinyards, which I thought I was going to have a hard time finding, but found it in time for Thanksgiving. We played cards and drank Cupcake Malbec for 2 nights! One among us is a chef and he didn't complain, so I'm sticking with it!

    Dec 01, 2011 at 7:40 PM


  • "Malbec delivers a lot of drinking pleasure," says Paul Hobbs, who today is a partner in Viña Cobos in Mendoza and consults for another 14 wineries throughout Argentina. "It does well with food, but because it's full-bodied and generous in nature, it tends to drink well all by itself." Hobbs describes Malbec's typical character as having flavors of boysenberry and blueberry, with supple or satiny tannins.... Enjoy !!

    Dec 02, 2011 at 11:58 PM


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