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Exquisite Collection

Exquisite Collection
2020 Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$7.99
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Exquisite Collection
2020 Malbec, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 13.5%
Deep purple color. Aromas of chocolate dipped prunes, blackberry coulis, and black tea with vanilla cream with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length pickled berries and pie crusts finish with no oak flavor. A food friendly Malbec with great juicy acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: chocolate dipped prunes, blackberry coulis, and black tea with vanilla cream
Taste Flavor: pickled berries and pie crusts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A food friendly Malbec with great juicy acidity.

The Retailer

Aldi Inc.

The Retailer
1200 North Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
USA
1 630-425-7394

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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.