Full Review

Casa Barranca

Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard, Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
No Sulfites & USDA Organic
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$35

Casa Barranca
2016 Coquelicot Vineyard, Malbec, Santa Ynez Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.8% RS: <1%
Black violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, purple flowers, strawberry tea, and wild mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of juicy berry melange and browned pie crusts with medium tannins and light oak flavor. A dense, juicy Malbec that can stand on its own.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: crushed blackberries, purple flowers, strawberry tea, and wild mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of juicy berry melange and browned pie crusts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Sausages, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A dense, juicy Malbec that can stand on its own.

The Producer

Casa Barranca Wines

The Producer
208 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
USA
1 805-640-1334

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 array of foods such as empanadas, hamburgers or grilled chicken or even roast meats or lighter game.