2014 Henry Lagarde Malbec Mendoza (Previously $15)

SKU #1278601 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium red. Lively cherry and raspberry aromas are lifted by a floral topnote and a touch of sweet oak; there's something almost Pinot-like about this. Suave and fine-grained, with the floral quality repeating in the mouth. Savory and light on its feet; a distinctly elegant, sexy Malbec with good ripeness and light pepper and herb nuances. Finishes with lovely floral lift and fine-grained tannins. Aeration brought a bit more oakiness.  (3/2016)

K&L Notes

Lagarde is a producer of primarily Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc based wines in the Lujan de Cuyo district. Their 2014 Malbec is delicious, featuring both dark and red fruits. The wine is lively and nicely aromatic, with a lithe and fresh palate texture. Fruit used in this cuvee comes from 20-24 year old vines in Perdriel as well as from Mayor Drummondl. We love the excellent sense of balance and elegance in this Malbec! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/17/2016 | Send Email
This is a lovely, friendly little Malbec from Mendoza, with a medium to lighter body, and pretty, sweet fruit. Just the right amount of spice punctuates the wine, and makes for an easy-drinking, fresh style of Malbec that doesn't necessarily call for a big meal.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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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Argentina

- 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 (%): 13.9