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There is hardly another class of wine offering value than the Malbec bottlings of Mendoza, Argentina. By “value” I mean considerable quality easily discerned, at very reasonable prices, or, “bang for the buck”. Of course there are those producers that feel they should offer a densely made Malbec bomb at $100.00 or $150.00. Unfortunately, these wines have to compete with similar bigger-than-life reds from California, which puts them at a disadvantage. Happily you will not have to deal with this quandary on Saturday when we will maintain a sane pricing pulse rate.
2009 ELSA BIANCHI MALBEC
List price 9.99; our price 8.99
The classic Malbec aromas of ripe plum and violets are evident in the nose, with hints of vanilla. The beauty of the Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with pleasing fruit that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate leads to a lingering finish.
2008 ALAMOS MALBEC
List price 10.00; our price 8.99
The 2008 Alamos Malbec has a dark, blackish purple color. The nose shows ripe black fruits, black pepper spice and floral notes. The mouthfeel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavors mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
2008 ZOLO MALBEC
List price 10.99; our price 9.99
The grapes are selected from Zolo’s best vineyards located in the wine-growing region of Mendoza. These terroirs provide a wonderful expression of fruit and variety concentration. This wine has an attractive and intense violet color, with black fruit, berry and raspberry flavors and a finish displaying complexity and elegance.
2008 KAIKEN MALBEC
List price 10.99; our price 9.99
In this wine, mature red fruits and chocolate are vividly present, mixing harmoniously with the oak, while violet aromas enhance the wine’s complexity on the nose. The wine is velvety, with excellent structure and abundant, mature tannins providing a nice silkiness. The wine is a faithful exponent of Malbec’s potential in Argentina, with unique characteristics, blending both intensity and softness along with a long and persistent finish.
2007 PIZZELLA FAMILY VINEYARD “LA POSTA” MALBEC
List price 15.00; our price 13.50
Wine Spectator gave this delightful wine a 91-point rating: “Ripe and flashy, with a showy layer of mocha leading the way for spice cake, raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors laid over a lush, creamy finish. Dense but lithe, with the fruit echoing through the finish”.
2007 KAIKEN “ULTRA” MALBEC
List price 19.95; our price 16.99
Showing outstanding and concentrated fruit, this wine has beautiful aromas of red berries, black cherry and a hint of cigar box cedar. The full-bodied wine is round and velvety in mid-palate, with soft tannins. An added touch of vanilla and toast, followed by a long and smooth finish makes this a very elegant wine. 80% of the Ultra was aged in French oak for 12 months which accounts for the considerable elegance of the wine. Given its ripe core of spicy fruit, excellent concentration of succulent flavors, lengthy finish and balance, it should evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through the rest of the decade.