Question: Would you please recommend one quality producer of Malbec that I might try?
Answer: Lots of choices among the many wine producers in Argentina. In the past some Malbec wines were almost too full bodied and sweet using overripe grapes. Now more are looking for vineyard identity with tension, structure, textures, and balanced acidity. Founded in 1902 Catena (catenawines.com) has a wide selection portfolio that is is hard to beat. Inspired in the eighties by the Mondavi approach to quality they sought out distinctive cooler climate zones at higher elevations. Catena have an admirable range of wines to enjoy from their entry level Appellation (value in High Mountain Vines 2015) through Alta, Zapata, and at almost 5000 feet the amazing Adrianna Vineyard. Try one – or more of them. Among other Malbecs to check out include Familia Zuccardi, Terrazas de los Andes, Francois Lurton’s Bodega Piedra Negra, Trivento Reserve (big seller in British market), and several estates owned by Michel Rolland (www.rollandcollection.com).
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