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Jul 29, 2009 03:44 AM

Malbec & Carmenere

At a couple of tastings I've been introduced to these two wines; Malbec from Argentina, and Carmenere from Chile.

I'm looking to explore much deeper into them, any suggestions of some great ones that I shouldn't miss?


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    1. I'm not much of a fan of Carmenere, but there are some wonderful Malbecs available in all price ranges. They can be extremely expensive and sublime, such as the Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza Finca Altamira or reasonably priced and extremely drinkable (and easily available) like the Achaval-Ferrer Malbec Mendoza (two different wines from the same region by the same winemaker) In the second category good producers are, besides Achaval-Ferrer, Bodega Catena Zapata, Bodega Colome, Alta Vista, and Dominio del Plata. Obviously these are large producers that produce good wines at several price ranges, but you should do well with any of them.

      1. Santa Carolina reserve Carmenere is a nice light/medium bodied red for summer. Similar to a Merlot, but with more pepper mid palate. I can usually find it in CT for around $10. go to Felipe Rutini...But the Catena is a always a great malbec to drink.

        1. I think Jancis Robinson recently participated in a Malbec tasting in Argentina and posted some lenghty notes; check out her web page.

          1. You might also enjoy trying an old world example of Malbec from Cahors, in France. All Cahors are primarily Malbec, a minimum of 70%. Malbec is sometimes called Cot or Auxerrois in that part of the world.

            Carmenere is also grown in southwest France but is much rarer.

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            1. re: crw77


              We don't like to share the Cahors love with others! :)