Argentinian Malbec blends: panel tasting results

news  %tages Argentinian Malbec blends: panel tasting resultsDecanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on Argentinian Malbec blends.With 79% of wines recommended, this very excellent tasting showcased the extra dimension that supporting grapes can lend to Malbec, and the progress these blends have made.
‘A fantastic tasting,’ opened Phil Crozier. ‘Cheering and very excellent for Malbec blends. We’re seeing a really high consistency of quality.’ Patricio Tapia was equally pleased, likening Malbec to ‘the joker who can make a party out of nothing’. Dirceau Vianna Jr MW echoed the sentiment: ‘Malbec is lively, dependable and fruitforward – and adding a blending partner gives it another dimension.’
Each judge applauded Malbec’s usefulness, though Crozier felt it was best for blending when it was the dominant grape: ‘If it plays second fiddle, it loses its effectiveness.’ He thought Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were Malbec’s ideal blending partners, while Vianna Jr preferred Touriga Nacional. ‘It’s predictable to use the Bordeaux varieties. Yes, Touriga Nacional is a hard http://1000-facts-about-wine.com grape because its yields are low, but as a blending component it’s incredible.’
As a group of wines, Malbec blends are a dependable buy, where consumers can be confident of a excellent wine.
So which vintages are worth seeking out? ‘2010 was a fantastic vintage,’ said Crozier. ‘Wines from 2011 and 2012 were hard. 2013 was incredible but 2014 and 2008 were very problematic. The wines from 2007 now are fantastic, but you won’t find much left now.’
For drinkability, Vianna Jr advised readers to ‘open the vast majority’ of these wines now. ‘Argentina is about exuberance of fruit and these blends have so much of that.’ Crozier urged consumers ‘not to buy cheap’, with Tapia claiming that value in terms of Malbec blends meant between £15 and £25.

Passionate Wine, Demente, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2013

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Points 95

Gen del Alma, Ji Ji Ji, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2014

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Viñalba, Cuvée Couture, Malbec-Touriga Nacional Reservado, Mendoza 2013

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Points 95

Zorzal, Eggo Tinto de Tiza, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2013

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Points 95

Passionate Wine, Eterno Retorno, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2013

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Points 94

55 Malbec, Teho, Tomal Vineyard, La Consulta, San Carlos 2011

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Points 92

Finca Sophenia, Roberto L, Gualtallary, Tupungato http://1000-facts-about-wine.com 2011

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Points 92

La Celia, Estate Selection Red Blend, Uco Valley 2013

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Points 92

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Luigi Bosca, Finca Los Nobles, Malbec-Verdot Field Blend, Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo 2011

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Points 92

Melipal, Blend, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo 2012

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Points 92

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Trapiche, Iscay, Malbec-Cabernet Franc, Mendoza 2010

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Points 92

Viñedos Casta del Sur, Canyengue, Agrelo, Luján de Cuyo 2012

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Vulcano, Gran Reserva, Tupungato 2013

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Points 92

Achaval-Ferrer, Quimera, Luján de Cuyo 2012

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Points 91

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Montechez, Alma de Luna, La Consulta, San Carlos 2011

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Points 91

Riglos, Gran Corte, Gualtallary, Tupungato 2012

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55 Malbec, Zaha, Toko Vineyard Red Blend, La Consulta, San Carlos 2012

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Points 90

Bodega Norton, Privada, Mendoza 2012

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Bressia, Conjuro, Uco Valley 2010

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Points 90

Doña Paula, 1100, San Carlos 2013

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El Esteco, Ciclos Icono, Calchaqui Valley 2012

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Points 90

Ocaso Winery, Axel, Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon, Tupungato 2011

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Mapema, Malbec-Tempranillo, Mendoza 2013

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Points 90

O Fournier, Alfa Crux, Altamira, San Carlos 2012

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Zuccardi, Brazos de los Andes, Uco Valley 2013

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Points 90

Bodegas El Esteco, Altimus, Michel Torino Estate, Cafayate Valley 2011

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Ca’ de Calle, Gran Reserva, Luján de Cuyo 2013

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Points 90

Casarena, 505 Vineyards Esencia, Luján de Cuyo 2014

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Points 90

Gouguenheim, Flores del Valle Blend, Tupungato 2010

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Points 90

Mythic, Mountain Blend, Mendoza 2014

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Points 90

Viñedos Casta del Sur, Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo 2013

August 6, 2015

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Points 90

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