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Episode VIII: Fruity Reds


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Yes, Malbec is still the wine of the moment and it shows very little sign of losing its top spot. Well actually, that may not be true. The fact is that as Malbec’s popularity has soared, more and more producers have jumped on the bandwagon, many of them trying to match the style of some of the most popular pioneers. That is to say that some of the great Argentine Malbecs that have been responsible for this resurgence were rich and fruity, with the depth and power that comes from low yields,and mature vines planted in ideal spots.

Close on their heels, one finds many wines today that at first glance seem awfully similar but whose richness and fruitiness are based at least as much on the residual sugar left in the wine as the grapes that went into the bottle. And if some of those grapes are in fact Bonarda, well that wouldn’t be surprising either! It’s the unintended consequence of popularity. A shortage of supply and a blurring of identity. Not that that makes for bad wine or a lessening of popularity. Why just take a look at…

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  • Snooth User: steve666
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    almost 40 years ago I read that Gamay and Gamay Beaujolais are not the same grape. What is the current thinking about the DNA of these two?

    Oct 11, 2011 at 7:08 AM

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