Mission La Caminade Cahors $15.50
Malbec's home is France, and the difference in elevation and the cooler climate make for a different take on this varietal. With black cherry, blackberry, and black pepper flavors, it's leaner, meaner and enjoys an hour to open up before drinking. If you love Malbec, you owe it to yourself to try a Cahors. With 15% Merlot as well.
Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill.
Polkura Malbec $20.00
This Malbec from Chile gives Argentina a run for its money. Deep purple in color with an explosively aromatic nose of black currant, black cherry, mocha, clove and cinnamon. This full bodied wine shows the same dark fruit on the palate and an tight embrace of tannic muscle. Really shines with some fatty beef, this wine is oozing characcter.
Clos Troteligotte, K Lys $26.00
Spicy aromas and flavors of plums, violets, and blackberry with focused mineral notes, rich texture and sturdy tannins. The iron chunks scattered atop this vineyard are so pure you could sell them to a smelter. Emmanuel farms organically with ease (he is above the fog line and therefore has no issues with mildew). Rows are plowed by horse. A remarkable and memorable Malbec.
Matilde Gran Reserva Malbec $62.00
From 85 year old vines in a single vineyard in Lujan de Cujo comes a monster. Big menthol, mint, blackberry and coconut nose. Flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry in a dense inky body. A cellar candidate for sure but smooth and powerful today after 2 years on French oak. Still holding on to some acidity somehow, a last meal accompaniment to a perfect ribeye.
Catena Zapata Nicolas $119.00
Picture a blind tasting where some Argentinian cowboys (and cowgirls) destroy some French first growths, not just once but again and again. Pricey yet, but actually the lowest priced wine of this ratings pedigree by a wide margin. As in repeatedly kicks Haut Brion and Gaya’s butt.