Full Review

Ledson

Ledson
2013 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .08%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$48

Ledson
2013 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Lamb Pasta

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .08%
Nearly opaque violet color. Aromas and flavors of warm chocolate pot de creme, berry pie, and olives with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long creme brulee, spiced cherries, nutskins, and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A lively, juicy malbec with attractive richness and fine balance.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: warm chocolate pot de creme, berry pie, and olives
Taste Flavor: creme brulee, spiced cherries, nutskins, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs, Lamb Kebobs, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lively, juicy malbec with attractive richness and fine balance.

The Producer

Ledson Winery & Vineyard

The Producer
PO Box 653
Kenwood, CA 95452
USA
1 707-537-3823

Their Portfolio

92 Ledson 2011 "Estate Old Vine", Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.1% (USA) $44.00.
87 Ledson 2012 "Estate Vinyard", Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $42.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.0% (USA) $48.00.
94 Ledson 2014 "Estate Vineyard", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.0% (USA) $60.00.
95 Ledson 2014 Reserve " Estate Vineyard", Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.0% (USA) $66.00.
85 Ledson 2012 Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
90 Ledson 2012 "Century Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
92 Ledson 2013 "Mes Trois Amours", Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
86 Ledson 2012 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
92 Ledson 2012 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Sangiovese, Knights Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
92 Ledson 2012 "Amy’s Vineyard", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Old Vine", Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $44.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $70.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2013 "Gunsight", California 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Estate Old Vine, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
86 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Estate Old Vine, Carignane, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Tiamo Red Blend, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
94 Ledson 2013 Cepage Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 15.3% (USA) $86.00.
84 Ledson 2016 Pinot Rosé, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $30.00.
92 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2016 Viognier, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Sweet Ida May Late Harvest, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 18% (USA) $50.00.
91 Ledson 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $100.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
86 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $56.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Moon Mountain Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma County 14.7% (USA) $72.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Merlot, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $68.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Bellisimo Red Blend, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
87 Ledson 2014 Reserve, Chardonnay, Carneros 14.2% (USA) $52.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Ricetti Lane Old Vine, Zinfandel, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $32.00.
93 Ledson 2013 Century Vine Reserve, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $68.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley 14.7% (USA) $70.00.
89 Ledson 2013 Estate Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 15.3% (USA) $90.00.
91 Ledson 2014 Ti Amo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2015 Estate Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.2% (USA) $42.00.
92 Ledson 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $36.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Mes Trois Amours, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $48.00.
90 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Syrah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
89 Ledson 2014 Estate Vineyard, Petite Sirah, Sonoma Valley 14.5% (USA) $46.00.
93 Ledson 2014 Cepage, Sonoma Valley 14.9% (USA) $86.00.
90 Ledson 2016 Estate Vineyard Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $66.00.
92 Ledson 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Howell Mountain 14.5% (USA) $56.00.
93 Ledson 2015 Baldocchi Old Vine, Zinfandel, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $36.00.
87 Ledson 2016 Ricetti Lane, Grenache, Redwood Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Ledson 2014 Malbec, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $48.00.
92 Ledson 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.9% (USA) $94.00.

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.