Malbec is a lesser known, supporting member of the Bordeaux cast (which prominently features Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc). The humble little Malbec grape has finally found a starring role in Argentina. There are dozens of Malbec producers. Don Miguel Gascon, in the Mendoza Valley (see map), produces an entry-level Malbec for about ten bucks.
Don Miguel Gascon Malbec, '03 ($10)
- From Mendoza, Argentina
- Dense, deep purple with a red rim
- Scents of blackberry, dates, and a sweet spiciness
- Full-bodied, with noticeable Alcohol concentration. Baked, berry pie flavors. Rounded tannins and a simple, quick finish
*** (3 stars out of 5)
Overall, this wine reminds me of a simple Merlot with added heft in the mouth (i.e. it's a chewy kind of wine)