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Snooth User: gooselee4

Malbec

Posted by gooselee4, Nov 27, 2009.

I've recently found that I really like Malbec. Does anyone have any suggestions of good, affordable Malbec to try?

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Reply by Terry M, Nov 27, 2009.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/colores-del-sol-malbec-reserva-mendoza-2008/ is a decent under 10 malbec.
Simonassi's 1922 Malbec (not listed on Snooth) is also excellent - it's like a super Malbec with an explosion of ripe fruit the moment it hits the palette. A tremendously robust wine in the $15 range.

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Reply by zufrieden, Nov 27, 2009.

Ah, the sweet rusticity of Malbec (alias Cot)! I would recommend asking what knowledgeable College students are drinking; they almost certainly lean toward the Argentine Way - at least in my neck of the woods. Alternatively, you could try a wine from the Cahors A.C. in France to see what the more original European expression is like. I have my own favorites, but you should probably ask what the best available producer is at your local wine merchant.

There are also a few Bordeaux wines with significant Malbec in the blend. You might seek them out as well.

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Reply by mclinger, Nov 27, 2009.

I have had really good luck with Alamos which is made by Catena. Catena is the higher cost Malbec and their low cost is branded Alamos. Very nice Mendoza region Malbec.

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Reply by vino307, Nov 27, 2009.

I had tasted the Catena and Alamos and ejoyed both so much that I learnead to make my own wine. At this moment I have a batch of Argentina malbec aging and
will open a bottle in six months

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Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Nov 28, 2009.

I would start with luigi bosca malbec reserva 2005 ($20-$25) my other stand by is ricardo santos malbec 2006 ($20).

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Reply by amour, Nov 28, 2009.

ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS Bonarda Mendoza
COLONIA LAS LIEBRES 2005 I ENJOYED THIS VERY MUCH . during 2006. IT WAS CHEAP AND GOOD !

ALSO BODEGA BENEGAS (SYRAH) about $20.
I drank the 2003 up to late 2007....medium weight
plum, berries, then vanilla toast turning a bit heavy to the end...not bad at all, darkish chocolatey!

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Reply by amour, Nov 28, 2009.

ABOUT MALBEC...I had FAMILIA SCHROEDER Malbec Patagonia Saurus Select 2004 during 2006 about $14. WILD BERRY WITH TOAST ON THE FINISH.

I just had the last of my , last year actually, ANDELUNA (malbec mendoza reserve) 2003...QUITE SOPHISTICATED with layers of fruit...RASPBERRY, BOYSENBERRY AND LOTS OF MOCHA NOTES....VERY RICH FINISH....ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT WAS PRODUCED.....I suggest that you follow up on these superb wineries!
thank you!
good luck!
AMOUR

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Reply by AdamJefferson, Nov 28, 2009.

Bodega Colome Estate Malbec 2006. Last reported price by a merchant affiliated with Snooth was $21.99. Sells in a store around here for about $23. Nice balance to it and good with food or for sipping. I highly recommend it and if I recall correctly, it made WS top 100 last year.

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Reply by amour, Nov 28, 2009.

YES, I can agree with the wine lover who suggested to you the Ricardo Santos ....... malbec mendoza la madras vineyard AGAIN, LOTS OF RASPBERRY FLAVOUR AND BLACKBERRY WITH THAT NOW FAMOUS argentine vanilla SWAY!!!! ....have not had it recently...IT WAS 2006 I drank the 2004. I think that about 3 THOUSAND CASES WERE MADE....cheers.
amour.

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 29, 2009.

Just curious ... what about California malbecs, anyone have any recommendations?

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Reply by ChipDWood, Nov 29, 2009.

Not to, eh, pimp it again, but Spectator's James Molesworth (a fave of mine) has a great article in the latest issue about Malbec, and the "Hunt" for terroir throughout Argentina to take things to the next level of complexity.

http://www.winespectator.com/magazi...

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Reply by John Andrews, Nov 30, 2009.

@Chip ... I found that article useful too. Unfortunately the link you posted only works for people that are subscriber to winespectator.com.

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Reply by cigarman168, Nov 30, 2009.

As I recommend before, go for Zucardi Zeta. A case has just arrived and keep in my cellar in office.

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Reply by gregt, Nov 30, 2009.

I didn't read the article by James, but it's not going to happen any time soon. Partly it's because of the way the malbec is produced there, and partly it's because of the economy. You take one of the more corrupt governments and arm it with completely misguided economic policies, and you don't help your industries. And of course, that's not the goal anyway - industry = capitalist = bad. So they have in Argentina a "wealth" tax, which means that you are not taxed on income but on assets. If you invest say, $5M in a winery and lose money every year for 10 years, you still pay taxes on the $5M that you yourself have invested. You pay taxes because you have something. It's why a lot of wineries share facilities that are owned by foreign entities who can shelter the rest of their assets (although that's technically illegal).

Then of course you have the fact that Argentina is focused on inexpensive wines and there is a clear unwillingness on the part of the US customer to pay $30 and up for malbec from Argentina. There are a few people making those, some of which are quite good, but there's also a lot of good wine that's a lot less costly.

It's not to say that there won't and can't be some fascinating wines from Argentina - it's a huge place with an enormous coastline and different elevations and in theory it should be one of the most fascinating places on the planet to make wine. They're looking. But they need to re-think their economics first.

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Reply by chadrich, Nov 30, 2009.

To HondaJohn's question a few posts back, for CA Malbecs, I'd recommend the one from Ladera. Not cheap at around $40, but everything they make is great quality.

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Reply by lucybowie, Nov 30, 2009.

Luigi Bosca 2006 is very good. Can sometimes find it at Costco for about $12, but mine hasn't had it in awhile. Runs about $16 at the liquor store.

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Reply by rar8888, Dec 1, 2009.

As far as malbecs are concerned I recommend the following:
- Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva
- Trapiche Broquel Malbec Mendoza
- Bodega Renacer Malbec Mendoza Punto Final Reserva

All of these wines are $20 or less. Luigi Bosca has been my go to malbec for the past couple of years because it is just a solid classic malbec. Trapiche Broquel is a bit more refined and Punto Final is the spiciest of the bunch. I hope that this helps.

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Reply by Degrandcru, Dec 1, 2009.

I would also recommend Norton, especially the reserva.

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Reply by Gingerossa, Dec 3, 2009.

For affordability I recommend Layer Cake Malbec 2007, you should be able to find for around $15.00. Quite enjoyable.

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Reply by amour, Dec 4, 2009.

Do not forget that MALBEC is grown...a little...in CAHORS, FRANCE.

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