Full Review

Jason-Stephens Winery

Jason-Stephens Winery
2014 Malbec, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30
Cellar Selection

Jason-Stephens Winery
2014 Malbec, Santa Clara Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Black garnet color. Candied aromas and flavors of raspberry liqueur, dried cassis, elderflower, bergamot tea, and iced guava danish with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, intricate, long shishito peppers, cranberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and rose petals finish with moderate oak. A super-vibrant Malbec with killer balance and a welcome peppery kick.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: raspberry liqueur, dried cassis, elderflower, bergamot tea, and iced guava danish
Taste Flavor: shishito peppers, cranberry, dark chocolate, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, and rose petals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Argentine Steaks, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A super-vibrant Malbec with killer balance and a welcome peppery kick.

The Producer

Jason-Stephens Winery

The Producer
11775 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020
USA
1 408-846-8463

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.