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Opaque

Opaque
2016 Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Opaque
2016 Malbec, Paso Robles

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Malbec

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Black garnet color. Jammy aromas of vanilla soft serve, blueberry coulis, maple, sweet potato pie, clove, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length plum pastry and caramel buttercream finish with light oak flavor. A full-flavor Malbec with generous notes of baked fruit; give this time to open up.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: vanilla soft serve, blueberry coulis, maple, sweet potato pie, clove, and anise
Taste Flavor: plum pastry and caramel buttercream
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A full-flavor Malbec with generous notes of baked fruit; give this time to open up.

The Producer or Importer

Riboli Family Wines

The Producer or  Importer
737 Lamar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
USA
1 323-2238832

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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.