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Malbec, Snipes Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley

Malbec, Snipes Mountain Vineyard, Yakima Valley Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Malbec is known from its origins in France as a blending varietal but has really taken its best form when grown in Argentina and Washington State as a complex, intense and age-worthy red. Snipes Mountain Vineyard, in the Yakima Valley, has had some acknowledged success with Malbec in previous vintages and we found this 2004 to be at the top of the heap! This deeply colored red wine shows blackberry jam, marjoram spice and black licorice in the nose. In the mouth there are more blackberry preserves and boysenberry fruit that light up your palate, which is balanced against a beautiful natural acid structure. This full-bodied wine finishes with ripe fruits, lovingly soft tannins, along with hints of herbs de provence and black peppercorns. We feel it is a wine best consumed in its youth but it should age well for 5-6 years beyond vintage. This is a versatile food wine and it matches perfectly with a spice-rubbed grilled steak.

Varietal Definition
Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, this grape is among the "big six" for red wine grapes. Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic wine. Malbec goes well with roast meats such as chicken or turkey. It should be served at 58F and can be aged for up to 5 years typically.


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