StateWays - March/April 2017

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RETAILER WINE SELECTIONS — MALBECS (97) Alexander Valley Vineyards Estate Merlot, 2014 (Alexander Valley, Sonoma). The Alexander Valley AVA has been com- pared to Bordeaux in terms of growing conditions, and this vintage continues a 30-year tradition for producing classic, rich, full-bodied Merlots. Winemaker Kevin Hall has crafted a beautiful wine with rich, juicy black fruit fl avors with hints of pep- per and spice. Fifteen months in oak has added a rich structure. The end result is silky elegance with a long, lingering fi nish. A wine unfazed by fads that has stayed true in style for those who truly appreciate Merlot. ($20) CORRECTION: This wine label should have been in- cluded in the January/February issue of StateWays. We regret the error. notes that last nicely. Makes for a great pairing with a nice New York Strip Steak. $13 (90) 2015 Canoe Ridge Vineyard the Expe- dition Malbec (Washington State). First hints of aroma on this are faint but develop to more complex blackberry and spice with time in the glass. Very mild fl avors of vanilla and tobacco blend nicely with dark fruit to offer an overall balanced experience. Finish is short and soft. No need for food — just pop the bottle and enjoy. $15 (89) La Puerta Classico Malbec. Usually dropping below $10 in the Malbec world means you are not getting the fruit profi le or classic Malbec style that you want. The La Puer ta Classico Malbec is not the case. The best Malbec you will ever fi nd for under $10 is at your fi ngertips, so if you are a Malbec fan or even a red wine fan in general, I implore you to fi nd this and give it a shot! $9.99 (89) Finca Flichman Malbec Misterio 2016 (Mendoza, Argentina). Medium bodied and fruit forward, this Malbec has the power and the ripe Mendoza fruit the region is known for. Approachable, the bright notes of cherries and raspberries have a delightful freshness to them. $10 (89) Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014 (Men- doza, Argentina). Aroma of black fruits. Black cherry, blackberry and minerals dominate the fl avor. Moderately full tannins leading to a long pleasant fi nish $14.99 (89) Malma Universo Patagonia Malbec 2010 (Argentina). This a great Malbec for those who are looking to explore the wines of Patagonia. This is densely packed with dark plums, blackberries and cinnamon. A welcomed floral lift echos on the finish. $31.49 (89) Finca Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (Argentina). This Malbec offers soft and sub- tle touches of berry fruit and chocolate. All of the fl avors are gently showcased with a light, lingering fi nish. $12.99 (88) 2015 Paul Mas Estate Malbec (Languedoc, France). Nose is very soft with touches of raspberry. Soft, easy mouthfeel that leads to mild anise notes and fades out on the shor t, anticlimactic fi nish. Good for light red meats or soft cheese. $12 (88) Astica Malbec 2015. The "par ty Mal- bec." Affordable for crowds. Nice intro into Malbec. Round and juicy with sweet ripe berry tones. $7 (87) Trivento Malbec 2013 (Mendoza, Argen- tina). Black cherry aroma. Black cherry fl avor with some spice. Simple uncomplicated with moderate tannins and moderate fi nish. A good buy $9.99 (86) Solar de Orfi la Malbec 2013 (Mendoza, Argentina). Perfect introduction to the Malbec varietal. Smooth and easy drinking with just a touch of oak. Lighter in style with light tannins. Perfect pizza wine. $15.99. • StateWays | | March/April 2017 47

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