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Valentin V

Valentin V
2017 Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Valentin V
2017 Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas of red and black cassis, red and black licorice, raspberry soufflé, and blackberry cobbler with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-length lavender and chocolate bon bon finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking malbec with big fruit and a balancing herbaceousness.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: red and black cassis, red and black licorice, raspberry soufflé, and blackberry cobbler
Taste Flavor: lavender and chocolate bon bon
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lip-smacking malbec with big fruit and a balancing herbaceousness.

The Producer or Importer

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