Malbec World Day 2013

April 17, 2013

Argentine Malbec has been a regular guest at our dinner table, since it first hit these shores, the long way around from its home in Cahors. While Malbec still grows in France, and is cultivated in Chile as well as here in the US, the production of Argentine Malbec is nearly double that of the other regions combined. The grape may have been introduced to Argentina in the 1860’s, but safe to say, modern Argentine wine production has made it’s name riding on the back of Malbec.

We like Malbec.  We started nabbing it soon after it appeared in our stores, and in the last few years, I’ve enjoyed making wine from Chilean Malbec grapes, as part of a “Bordeaux-style” blend we do as a club project.  Though there have been “lesser wines” that sought to ride the rising wave of popularity, good everyday single variety table wines in the $12 and under category are out there, as we found in a recent video piece we did “The Malbec Check”. Argentina has not simply focused on the production of inexpensive quaffs, but has also put significant effort into using Malbec as the framework upon which to build exceptionally fine blends.

I was recently invited to participate in Snooth’s Malbec celebration webcast, in advance of Malbec World Day, and received a pair of samples as examples of the kind of wines that were winning the annual Wines of Argentina awards.  If you are a fan of Malbec, or still need to be introduced, I expect that you might enjoy the content of the webcast. I certainly did, and it also filled in some gaps in my knowledge of the Argentine wine scene.

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I was also pretty impressed by the wines. Enough so that I decided right after the webcast, to make a Spreecast video record of my impressions regarding the Finca Flichman, Dedicado 2009 and the Michel Torino, Altimus 2010.  While more than double the price of the basic table wines mentioned earlier, the wines exceed them in quality, by greater multiples.

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