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Nandu Malbec 2010

Nandu Malbec 2010This Malbec from the Mendoza region in Argentina is proof that you can find interesting and delicious Malbecs.

Unlike so many Malbecs from Argentina, which are often too thick on the tongue with high alcohol levels, the Nandu Malbec 2010 is very balanced with beautifully layered cherry fruits, combined with a nice level of acidity. Smooth tannins and a nice dry finish.

This Malbec will go well with food, but also with some aged cheeses.

This wine is a project of famous Napa valley winemaker Bernard Portet, who successfully captured the unique character of the Mendoza terroir in this delicious wine. His daughter Nathalie provided the artwork of the flightless bird, Nandu, which is native to Southern Argentina.

Produced and bottled by Bodega No. B-71607, Guaymallen, Mendoza, Argentina.

Imported by Polaris Wines, Napa, CA.

Alc. 13.9%

$15

 

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Catena Malbec 2010

Catena Malbec 2010Between all the cheap mass-produced Malbecs, I was pleasantly surprised to find this 2010 Malbec from the Catena vineyards.

The Catena estate is family operated and this 2010 Malbec is a blend of 4 different vineyards at different altitudes, which together with strong sunshine and cool nights, gives this Malbec its unique character.

This is a full-bodied Malbec with dark purple color, rich blackberry and plum fruit with notes of spice, leather and cinnamon. This wine also has some nice minerality and fairly strong tannins, but a long and smooth finish. The Catena Malbec would be an excellent wine to have with grilled meats. The Wine Spectator gave it 91 points.

Vinted and bottled by Bodega Catena Zapata, Argentina.

Imported by: Winbow Inc., NY.

Alc. 13.5%

$15

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