International Malbec

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International Malbec It's time to wrap up GTiMalbec for 2011 and what a great flight of wines to do so with. Yes, there are a disproportionate number of wines here from Argentina, but I've also included examples from France, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to try to round out the selection.

The Argentine wines were almost all within a fairly familiar band. Stylistically, there were few outliers to the rich, fruity style with well married oak that has become so popular here. These outliers showed a bit more depth and complexity to my palate and showed a drier fruit profile, which I prefer.

The real surprise for me was the South African 2009 Neethlingshof, which presented a classic Malbec fruit profile paired with a leaner, more focused style. It was delicious and unusually savory on the nose. The other star of the tasting has to be the 2009 Clos Roche Blanche Cuvee Cot, which also showed a leaner, more structured style, though it was packed with lovely luscious fruit. 

Whatever your style, you're going to find something to love among this wonderful selection!

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