Malbec to Enjoy this Season

Malbec You’re Certain to Love

 

Why Malbec? They’re amazing values and terrific food companions—especially with hearty winter cuisine. These beloved fruit-forward reds are full-bodied and a bit smoky and make excellent alternatives to Cabs and Syrahs. Argentine Malbec is ideal for rich dishes, with its dark and lush fruit flavors of plum and blackberry. And in the cooler climates of France, you’ll find bright Malbecs full of tart raspberry flavors and fresh herbs that go great with duck, bean dishes, and an array of strong cheeses. But where to start with Malbec? We asked sales associates Marcarthur Baralla and Josh Mitzrahi as well as assistant wine buyer Laura Mooney.

 

Catena Malbec – 2013 $15.97
From nose to palate, this Malbec is big. Indeed, its characteristic richness, intense dark fruits, and subtly spicy notes are what make Bodega Catena a wine leader in the Mendoza wine region.  – MB

Cristobal “Malbec-Rosé” – 2016 $12.96
Here is a bright wine to cheer up your wintry day. Crisp, dry, and bursting with clean fruit flavors, this Argentine Malbec rosé exudes freshness and tastes better than most at twice this price. Pour a glass and have a little dream of summer. – JM

Tierra Divina “Old Vine Malbec” – 2014 $16.96
This full-flavored Malbec is made from 80-year-old vines growing in the Valle de Uco. The concentrated black fruit flavors and velvety tannins match very well with braised short ribs and BBQ pulled pork. – LM

Cahors, Ch. de Haute-Serre – 2012 $18.96
This is a classic example of the savory, tannic style of Malbec from the Cahors region of France. The wine shows flavors of plum, blackberry, tobacco, and coffee that linger on the palate. – LM
 
“KO” In Côt We Trust, Puzelat-Bonhomme – 2012 $19.99
Loire Valley Malbec is known as Côt and shows off an entirely different style from Argentine and French styles. The cooler climate of the Loire lends bright acidity, red fruit flavors, and black pepper spice. – LM