VinCrush Malbec Value Challenge Results! Find the best $10 Malbec at Total Wine & More!

  Malbec Challenge Results The results are in! At the bottom of this post, you'll find the final rankings and links to the individual wine reviews. Overall, the results this month were mixed. I went into the month with the perception that Argentinian Malbec was an amazing value and it would be incredibly easy to find …

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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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