Malbec

Malbec

The Malbec grape is increasingly appreciated as the source of outstanding wines from the Mendoza region of Argentina where it was imported from Bordeaux in the mid-19th century.

Malbec has long been cultivated in Cahors, in the Bordeaux region of France where its inky, dark violet color, robust tannins and richly complex flavors commended it for mixing and creation of classic Bordeaux blends. While this thin-skinned grape is known to develop its most opaque dark color and rich tannins in certain limestone based soils and with the augmented levels of UV exposure at high altitudes, such as occur on the slopes of the Andes in Argentina, the grape also performs very well in the Umpqua Valley. Depending on growing conditions and viticultural practices the phenolic profile, alcohol content and acidity of this varietal can be harmonized and produce a wine that is both drinkable now and age worthy.

Malbec bottle
 
Malbec
250-300 cases annually
$34
The Foon Estate Vineyard Malbec is notable for satisfyingly deep color, excellent structure, moderate alcohol content, restrained, soft tannins and recognizable Malbec aromas and flavors. The wines are fruit forward and well developed with smooth texture and mouthfeel and food flattering acidity. Expect flavors of blackberry, ripe damson plums, tobacco, raisins and an earthy quality with developing smokiness and a subtle hint of bacon accenting a long mid-palate finish. Try a glass with a well-aged rib-eye steak fortified by a classic Argentinian chimichurri.