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malbec

Malbec wine suddenly burst onto the world wine stage in the early-1990's.  It was made famous thanks to the Argentine wineries that capitalized on the long growing season, rich soil and adaptability of the Malbec grape itself.

Although it got its start in the famous wineries in Bordeaux, Malbec had been practically ignored and forgotten about even in France.  Malbec has always been considered a mixing grape, to blend and soften the tannins and toughness of the Left and Right Bank wines.

Malbec never fully recovered from the phylloxera epidemic in France, that wiped out French wine stock in the 19th Century.  It does not do well once grafted to American root stock like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other wines, which was the way European winemakers grew their wines back after the epidemic.

But Malbec does not suffer this problem in Argentina, as the destructive Phylloxera pest cannot survive in the high altitude climate here.

Malbec's Adaptability

Malbec adapts easily to climate that other grapes cannot thrive in.  Heat waves, drought, high altitudes (between 3,000 - 5,000 feet above sea level) are hazards for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and other wines.  Malbec thrives in this climate.

Pairing Suggestions

Malbec is a medium to full-bodied red wine with medium to high tannins.  You can enjoy this wine with rich meals of beef, duck, venison, grilled vegetables, pasta, hearty stews, blue cheese and other sharp cheeses.

Recommended Argentine Malbec

Catena Zapata

Catena Malbec features several bottlings of Malbec, even some single vineyard selections.  Enjoy aromas of spices and chocolate, followed by heavenly flavors of fruit and spices.

Colome Malbec

Colome Malbec is made by the Hess Family.  The Colome Estate Malbec is a blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat, which gives it its beautiful deep red color and flavors of spices and berries.

For its Reserva blend, Colome uses pre-Phylloxera vines to produce Malbec.  Some of these vines are 150 years old!  This is a very dark purple color with intense aromas of berries and flavors or wild fruits and spices.

Alamos Malbec Wine

Alamos Malbec is one of the most famous Argentine wines.

Alamos produces two Malbec wines, Alamos Malbec, a blend from the Uco Valley in Mendoza and Alamos Seleccion Malbec, a special blend from four special vineyards in that valley.

Alamos Malbec is a deep purple color with aromas of berries and spices.  The flavors in this wine you will enjoy are of fruit, chocolate, spices and tannins.

Alamos Seleccion Malbec is a dark purple color with flavors and aromas of berries, chocolate and spices.

Finca Decero

To give you a taste of what you can look forward to in this wine, Decero means "from scratch."  Finca's signature Malbec wine, Amano, means "by hand."  This is a truly handcrafted wine and winery.

Finca Decero features two Malbec wines: Finca Malbec, a 100% Malbec and Finca Decero Amano, a blend.

Finca Malbec is from the Remolinos Vineyard and is made from 100% Malbec grapes.  It has a lovely deep red-purple color with aromas and flavors of spices, flowers and wild berries.  It is a lovely smooth, balance wine.

Finca Decero Amano is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat.  This wine has lovely flavors and aromas of flowers and fruit.

Trivento

Trivento features several Malbec wines for you to choose from.

Trivento Reserve is a beautiful red color with aromas and flavors of berries and spices.

Trivento Amado Sur is a blend of Malbec, Syrah and Bonarda.  It has lovely aromas of berries and spices.

Trivento Golden Reserve is a deep red color with aromas and flavors of berries and oak.

Trivento Eolo is a surprisingly sweet, but bold wine.  It has aromas and flavors of sweet berries and a lovely spicy aftertaste.

Salentein

Salentein features five Malbec wines from the Uco Valley.

Salentine Portillo Malbec has aromas of spices, flowers and cherries.  The flavors you will experience are of fruit and tannins.

Salentine Killka Malbec is a beautiful red-purple color with aromas and flavors of berries and oak.

Salentein Numina Gran Corte is the first in this winery's luxury wines.  It is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.    This Argentine wine has a purple-red color with aromas and flavors of berries and tannins.

Salentein's single vineyard Malbec has intense flavors and aromas of wild berries and tannins.

The Primus Malbec is a very dark purple color with aromas of berries, spices.  The flavors you will enjoy include fruit and tannins.  This wine can be cellared for up to 10 years.