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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Santa Julia [+] Malbec 2010 - More Please! (Malbec Mania! Search For The Best Malbec Under $20)

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Santa Julia [+] Malbec 2010

100% Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.

SRP of $10 and available for as low as $8. Sample received courtesy Wine Sellers Ltd for review purposes.

From the bottle:
"The Santa Julia range is symbolic of our respect and care for the natural Mendoza environment, their home since the company was created in 1963. Today, this third generation family of winemakers continue their mission through many programs that benefit the land, the community.

100% sustainable farmed grapes.
Social welfare programs.
Energy conservation.
Use of green fertilizers.
Wildlife preservation.
Vineyard irrigation from pure mountain water and water recycling programs.

This full-bodied Santa Julia Malbec is full of cherry and plum flavors with spice notes and a velvety finish. It is the ideal wine for steaks, burgers, firm cheeses and pastas with red sauces.

13.7% Alcohol"
Today we're starting a new series of reviews on Malbec, entitled "Malbec Mania! Searching For The Best Malbec Under $20". Why mania? Because the popularity of this grape is really quite amazing and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. On top of that, you rarely hear anyone say they don't like Malbec, which makes this a great variety for all those upcoming Holiday gatherings. And the last reason, and perhaps the most important if I'm being honest, is that I love a good Malbec. And today's wine is definitely a good one.

The 2010 Santa Julia [+] Malbec begins with pleasant aromas of plum, ripe fruit, a little spice and perfumed floral notes. Tasting the wine shows lots of blackberry and plum flavors in this very fruity, and very tasty, wine. It also features a really nice silky texture and mouthfeel. The wine ends with a bit of spice along with lingering blackberry and chocolate notes that seem to go on for an incredibly long time. On top of all that the wine seems to get even better with some air as the spice becomes a bit more prominent. Excellent!

Also check out our earlier review of the Santa Julia Organica Malbec, which gives some more information about this winemaker and how they take care of their workers. When we continue this series later this week we'll try out the Santa Julia Reserva Malbec as well. But first, tomorrow brings a special Holiday Edition of the Top 10 list and then we begin a special series on Holiday Sparkling Wines that will alternate with this Malbec Mania series!

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Taste Rating: 8              Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 8.3

All ratings use a simple 10 point scale with 10 being the best. Find out more about my rating system here and check out the Interactive Wine Rating Chart to find all my reviews! You can sort by type of wine, cost, rating, etc. in the interactive spreadsheet.




"Malbec Mania! Search For The Best Malbec under $20" Wines Reviewed To Date
2010 Santa Julia [+] Malbec
2009 Famiglia Meschini Premium Malbec
2010 Alamos Malbec
2010 McManis Family Vineyards Malbec
2009 Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec Reserva
2010 Recuerdo Malbec
2009 Familia Grittini Areo Malbec
2009 Santa Julia Reserva Malbec

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