For Malbec World day, here is a nice Malbec from France.
Dark ruby in color with a short purple rim.
On the nose, blueberries, blackcurrants, vanilla, earth, chocolates, dust, spices, herbs, vegetables, black pepper, bell pepper, celery and wet leaves.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, vegetables, black pepper, earth, bacon fat, leather, tobacco and green herbs.
Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.
This is a very enjoyable Malbec from Cahors, France. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. Nice, and well balanced.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (3 hours).
Already enjoyable, but will be better in the next 10 years.
Earthy with a new world feel, and gets earthier as it opens up. Not what I expected from a Malbec from this region at all.
Thank you, Wendy for sharing.
100% Malbec grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.
15% alcohol by volume.
$45. — 3 days ago
Laura Catena, 4th gen winemaker, grew up in Argentine-Italian winemaking family in Mendoza. Wines, named after her children - Luca, Dante & Nicola - background of the label is the McDermott coat of arms of her American husband, Daniel McDermott. Single-vineyard wine from land belonging to the Laborde family. Deep red with big ripe fruits & smoky oak. Palate plum & jammy blackberry, spicier than ‘13, with nice earthy character. Tannins are a bit rustic, lingering ending with toasty oak & spice. Very nice. — 6 hours ago
The best Malbec I’ve ever had! The reason its 75 dollars is it is damn good! 2014 Bramare vina cobos by Paul Hobbs of coarse! The nose is boysenberry and lavender. It begins with dark ripe fruit with no tartness at all. Blackberry blueberry boysenberry lots of dark berries, ripe currants. The mid pallet is very oaky and Earthy. Lots of graphite and minerality; you can taste the soil. No chocolate no vanilla no spice and no tartness what so ever! The finish is absolutely incredible. Smooth butter very dry lingering desire for more I’m going to have to order a lot of this I’m going to spend a lot of money but it will be worth it!!!!! Holy cow! You must try this if you like Spanish and South American wines especially Malbecs! — 14 days ago
Last bottle of the Gran Estirpe, Malbec from Argentina. This go around decanted for 2 hours. Dark and red cherries, blueberries, cassis followed by musky wood and smoke. Vibrant acidity with cranberry candy finish and mild white peppers. soft to medium chewy tannin. The tannin doesn’t linger along the cheeks and tongue just quite enough, similar to the last bottle (but now I’m knit picking). Overall, decanting for over 2 hours definitely enhanced the flavour profile and allowed for greater appreciation of the wine’s complexity. Alcohol content 14.5%. Served with homemade red Thai chicken curry. — 18 days ago
I could smell blackberry before I even got my nose close. A him of plumb and maybe some sweet tobacco and earth. Very smooth. Great with a quality dark chocolate but very enjoyable on its own. Got this through WSJ introductory wine offer. Not bad for a deal introductory wine club! — 9 hours ago
Color of purple and red, a bit cloudy. Nose is quite plummy, ripe berries note, dried strawberries, a bit crayon, and a bit spice. Taste is mouth watering acidity, spice and pepper, a bit mineral, a bit milky, zest, and some juicy grapes. Aftertaste is some more mineral, and some more notes from the taste. — 14 days ago
The Felino Malbec is a full bodied deep colored and a bold presence of berry, acidity and tannins that satisfy and linger on the finish. Paired nicely with applewood smoked sirloin cooked in a Kamaro cooker. This Malbec will work as a Conversation wine or with grilled meats. — 5 days ago