2009 Yellow + Blue Malbec San Juan (1L Box)

SKU #1062968

An exciting project headed up by former Kermit Lynch staffer Matt Cain, Yellow + Blue focuses on sourcing organic fruit, vinifying it in as natural a way as possible, and packaging the wine in environmentally friendly one liter tetra pak boxes. To wit: A case of wine in glass weighs 40 pounds and holds 9 liters of wine - close to 50% wine and 50% packaging. A case of Yellow+Blue weighs 26 pounds and holds 12 liters of wine. That’s 93% wine and 7% packaging. A portion of the profits are donated to the Kiva foundation supporting entrepreneurship in developing countries throughout the world. This lovely malbec opens with deep, dark berry fruit aromas. Round, intense yet fresh on the palate, the fruit expression is vivid and pure, a really delicious take on Malbec, fermented only with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and crafted in a wonderfully transparent style.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2011 | Send Email
Just when I was starting to despair about not having a tasty box-wine option on hand, Yellow + Blue Wines Malbec appears, eager to please. Yellow + Blue is an import company and brand dedicated to organic, natural wines and green packaging. (get it? Yellow + Blue = Green???). While I had expected this wine to be decent based on the discriminating palate behind the project (Matt Cain, Kermit Lynch veteran) I was really blown away by this wine's freshness, vivacity, and utter drinkability. Bright red fruit fruit with blue undertones, medium body, and juicy acid makes this a huge leap beyond your standard box wine. A wine that's good for you, and good for the environment, too!

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5