2011 Pueblo del Sol Malbec Juánico

SKU #1158707

What's this, a Malbec from Uruguay? While we have known Pueblo del Sol to be a reliable source for Sauvignon Blanc and Tannat, we are only just now checking out this Malbec. It's certainly an original take on the grape variety. Aromas are spicy, with red fruits complicated by an interesting barbecue quality and what smells like sweet paprika. The palate shows red fruits, with the savory aromas re-appearing but nicely balanced by fresh fruit; this feels significantly less weighty in the mouth than its many Argentine counterparts, but would be wonderful with a burger or any number of other freshly grilled foods. Very fun wine for the price! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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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.

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Alcohol Content (%): 13