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90+ Cellars

90+ Cellars
2016 Old Vine, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$11.99
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90+ Cellars
2016 Old Vine, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 14.2% RS: <1%
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of amarena cherries in syrup, dutch cocoa powder, stewed prunes, sundried tomato, apple cinnamon tea, grilled rhubarb, and menthol with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate covered raisin, cinnamon scone, and prosciutto finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A complex Malbec with raisinated flavors for fans of Ripasso wines.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: amarena cherries in syrup, dutch cocoa powder, stewed prunes, sundried tomato, apple cinnamon tea, grilled rhubarb, and menthol
Taste Flavor: chocolate covered raisin, cinnamon scone, and prosciutto
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Bacon Wrapped Filet Steak, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex Malbec with raisinated flavors for fans of Ripasso wines.

The Producer

90+ Cellars - Latitude Beverage Co.

The Producer
20 Guest Street, Suite 105
Brighton, MA 02135
USA
1 857-576-6035

Their Portfolio

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90 90+ Cellars 2014 French Fusion Red, Languedoc AOP 13% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 French Fusion White, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
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87 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $11.99.
80 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Vino Spumante Rose, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2012 Lot 128 Gran Vino, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 64, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County 14.1% (USA) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2013 Lot 26 Collector Series, Barolo 14% (Italy) $34.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 60 Reserve Series, Langhe Rosso 14% (Italy) $15.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2015 Lot 27 Reserve Series, Barbera d’Alba Superiore 14.5% (Italy) $16.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 122, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $11.99.
86 90+ Cellars NV Lot 50, Prosecco 11% (Italy) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars NV Lot 49 Sparkling Rosé, Italy 12% (Italy) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Lot 134, Moscato d’Asti DOCG 6.5% (Italy) $11.99.
91 90+ Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2016 Collectors Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $27.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Hills 14.5% (USA) $13.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2016 Merlot, Mendocino 13.9% (USA) $13.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.5% (USA) $22.99.
93 90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine, Malbec, Luján de Cuyo 14.2% (Argentina) $11.99.
84 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $11.99.
83 90+ Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars 2014 Riserva, Sangiovese, Chianti DOCG 13% (Italy) $11.99.
88 90+ Cellars 2014 Grand Vino Red Blend, Navarra 14.5% (Spain) $11.99.
90 90+ Cellars 2016 Red, Languedoc AOP 13.5% (France) $11.99.
89 90+ Cellars NV Prosecco DOC 11% (Italy) $14.99.
87 90+ Cellars 2016 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.6% (USA) $17.99.
92 90+ Cellars 2017 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $15.99.
85 90+ Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.2% (USA) $11.99.
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Malbec

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
While Malbec is historically known as a red Bordeaux variety, it is Argentina that has given this grape its new found popularity. Bright purple in color with ripe plum and black cherry fruit with moderate acidity, Malbec from Argentina has become the people’s choice among moderately priced red wines ($12-$16 a bottle in domestic markets).

Along with the plum and black cherry flavors, there are notes of pepper, black spice and in a few examples, a note of tobacco. Most versions from Argentina are made for consumption upon release or within the first two years after the vintage date; however, a few producers make long-lived offerings of Malbec from older vineyards that retail for $40 or more.

Malbec can work with a humble foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.