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Posted on September 21, 2016 at 09:55:56
mkuller
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...although malbec seems to be growing in popularity, our group has done malbec tastings twice before and have been underwhelmed by the quality.

So we decided to have another go at it.

Six of us blind tasting six wines - low points wins.

6. 31pts - 2015 Elsa Bianchi $18 (my 3rd place)

5. 25pts - 2013 Catena $15 - 1 first

4. 22pts - 2012 Leo Mendoza $23 - 1 first

3. 20pts - 2014 Vina Cobos Felina $18

2. 19pts - 2013 Chacewater Kiev (Lake County. CA) $33 - 1 first (my last place)

1. 11pts - 2013 Brandlin (Cuvaison Napa) $40 - 3 firsts

The big winner was the Brandlin by points (note the gap).

Interesting the top two were from CA instead of Argentina. Overall these were pretty good and I wouldn't mind drinking any of them.

 

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What? Nothing from Cahors?, posted on September 21, 2016 at 17:55:51
jimbill
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Next time throw in one from France where the grape originated. You'll be surprised by the difference in style

 

RE: What? Nothing from Cahors?, posted on September 21, 2016 at 20:41:29
mkuller
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...I realize the grape came originally from France, but everyone went for the easy picks I guess.

Never seen French malbec but haven't looked for it either.

 

The French ones I drank in the 1980's were extremely dense/thick, but..., posted on October 19, 2016 at 17:04:45
DeKay
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a nice match with grilled lamb shoulder steaks with roasted garlic/onion potatoes.

Forget the vineyard I liked, but do recall that it was 90-100% Malbec depending upon the vintage.

Tried a few CA versions in the 90's that were unclear on the subject (of Malbec).

 

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