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    I need a quiet evening and a bottle of good wine!

    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:52 pm Groupie
    I had a great time recently at an out of town liquor store. The sommelier there was so nice and helpful.

    Cheryl has been telling me about Malbec and suggested that I try it. I asked him about it and he told me that this one was great....................

    2006 Finca El Portillo Malbec ($13) Bright berry flavors and a soft, lush texture define this medium-bodied Malbec made from vines grown more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The El Portillo wines are the most affordable ones from Argentina's well-known Bodegas Salentein, which farms nearly 5,000 acres of vineyards at the foot of the Andes in Mendoza.

    I was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable price so I bought it!

    Has anyone tried this varietal???

    Would love to hear your thoughts on Malbec......
    Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:32 am Groupie
    hi there! i was forum-surfing (it's slowwww at work atm) and came across this. i love malbec, though i don't have it often. i tend to prefer dry fruity red wines and this one works for me. i happen to have a bottle of (i think) trapiche malbec in my wine rack atm, and am looking forward to trying it. as it's coming up on grilling season, maybe i should try it soon and see if i should get more!

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    graffeetee aka claudia
    Mama's Kitchen (Hope)
    Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:31 pm Groupie
    Like Mama like daughter!


    So this wine is good with grilled food huh?

    That sounds perfect!

    Thanks for the info!
    Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:05 pm Groupie
    Hi all...........also try Los Liebres.........spelling probably wrong...................but has little bunnies running on the label!!!.......................see what a wine expert I am......rotfl.gif...rotfl.gif...................but I will tell you that for around $10 it is smooth, relaxing........and great with grilled food...........and even seafood.............try it...........I promise you won't be sorry....................................Cheri
    Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:55 pm
    Forum Host
    Malbec is one of my favorites, too!
    In Europe, malbec is (or was) mainly used as a blending grape. The folks in South America turned Malbec wine into an art form ~ and glorious, it is!
    Honestly, it's one of the few wines I've always liked, whether pricey or cheap - sangiovese and viognier being the others.
    I encourage everyone to take advantage of this wine with its great price points!
    Thu May 08, 2008 10:47 am Groupie
    i ran across another affordable malbec! i am going to keep an eye out...
    Thu May 08, 2008 8:58 pm Groupie
    Malbec is often used as a blend to soften the attacks of wines like a Cabernet, but I think it's wonderful on its own.

    Great with red meats, and I've successfully paired with Mexican and even Indian (!) food.

    There are some great Malbecs from the Mendoza region in Argentina available now as well. Awesome price point too!

    My fave is not on the cheap side, but if you're looking for a good one,
    Dolium "Gran Reserva" 2000 ($50, Elite): "Impressively rich and concentrated but very smooth in texture, with dark berry fruit edged by notes of cocoa, smoke and spices." - I took that from the note at the store lol.
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