The smooth and fresh Padrillos Malbec from Ernesto Catena Vineyards. Malbec from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The wine is … [Read more...]
The Best Malbec Under $20 - The Reverse Wine Snob Picks!
The Malbec grape offers a fascinating look into the rise and fall and rise again of a grape variety. Originally one of the primary Bordeaux varietals (and still a mainstay in the Cahors region of France), the grape lost favor in France in the 1950's and 60's due to its sensitive nature to things like frost and mildew. Before that happened; however, Malbec was introduced into Argentina by a French agriculturist in 1868. It maintained a relatively nondescript existence there until the 1990's when it exploded in popularity with Argentina now accounting for 75% of the entire world's acreage of this variety.
Ranging in style from relatively simple, cheap wines meant to be drunk young to those with significant staying power (and time in oak), there's plenty to explore in this extremely popular variety. And while Argentina dominates, plantings are growing all over the world with lots of good inexpensive Malbec being made in California, Washington, Chile and even more unexpected places like New Zealand and Texas.
Read on for our list of The Best Malbec Under $20!
The extremely enjoyable Locations AR Argentinian Wine. Malbec with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Uco Valley, Mendoza, … [Read more...]
The Amalaya Malbec, a consistently good wine. 85% Malbec, 10% Tannat and 5% Syrah from the Finca San Isidro and Finca Amalaya vineyards in … [Read more...]
The Septima Obra Malbec - Great wine, great deal. 100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. The wines spends 10 months in 50% … [Read more...]
The Columbia Crest Reserve Malbec, a surprising Saturday Splurge from Washington. 88% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon … [Read more...]
The variety that put Argentinian wine on the map. Last week, in part 1 of this series, we attempted to introduce you to the breadth of … [Read more...]