Alamos Malbec 2015 – Argentina

Price: $6.77 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: A really great deal at the $6.77 price at TotalWine.  This wine is nicely balanced, smooth, and gives just a little more flavor complexity than the basic red blend. None of the unbalanced alcohol, metallic taste, or lack of acidity that you so …

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Piattelli Malbec Reserve 2014 – Argentina

Price: $8.97 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: This bottle definitely had more complex aromas than most of the Malbecs we've been tasting this month. When we first opened it there was a bit of barnyard (brett) that was actually a little unpleasant. However, with a bit of air, that …

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Finca Flichman Malbec Tupungato 2014 – Argentina

Price: $10.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Although subtle, this simple wine actually tastes like a value Malbec, rather than just a generic red blend. (Ironically enough, this one of the few bottles of the challenge that is actually a blend, rather than 100% Malbec.) The medium nose offers …

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Colores Del Sol Malbec – Argentina

Price: $8.29 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Unfortunately, another unremarkable bottle in this month's challenge. I found this wine to be highly similar to the Luc Pirlet.... in fact I'm not sure I could tell them apart head-to-head. Just like the Luc, this one had essentially no aroma at …

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Luc Pirlet Classique Malbec – France

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Smooth and easy drinking, but a really generic and muted profile. The nose was pretty much dead... I sniffed and sniffed and sniffed and got just nothing. Pretty much the same experience on the palate with a distinct lack of flavor except …

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Antisto Malbec 2013 – Cahors, France

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Mike” Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review:  Well, we’re not off to a real strong start this month. Although by no means a bad wine, this certainly isn’t something I’d be excited to drink every day. Dark purple with a hint of ruby red, the medium strength nose opens with […]

Ruta 22 Malbec (Argentina)

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The "Anna" Rating: "Ok" Recommendation: "Have a glass or two" Review:  Well, we're not off to a real strong start this month. Although by no means a bad wine, this certainly isn't something I'd be excited to drink every day. Dark purple with a hint of ruby red, the medium strength nose opens with …

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The Malbec Value Challenge Competitors Revealed

This month, 11 bottles of Malbec from Total Wine battle it out for Value Champion! Malbec is a great focus for this type of challenge. It is popular enough to ensure a wide selection of bottles at most stores, the wines are widely distributed and accessible, and the Argentinian source of many Malbecs helps to …

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Malbec Selected for Feb 2017 Value Challenge

Hi all!  Just a quick note to let you know that we'll be focusing on value Malbecs for our February value challenge.  The wines have been researched and purchased, and are now safely resting before the big competition. I'll be posting soon on which wines  we've selected and why. Make sure to follow VinCrush to …

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