Many wine drinkers have heard of Malbec. Some have even tasted Malbec. But, put to the test, many wine drinkers do not know much about the Malbec grape.  Malbec is one of the five grapes used in Bordeaux wines. The other four grapes are Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. While it is often used as a blending grape, Malbec can be delicious on its own. Malbec wines are often from Argentina, which produces about 70% of the world’s Malbec.

Villa del Monte MalbecBut, did you know that there is some outrageous Malbec growing within about 40 miles of our winery? Next month, we will be introducing our 2010 Villa del Monte Malbec from the Paicines AVA in nearby San Benito County.  True to form, our Malbec is dark, inky, full of tannins with rich jammy fruit flavors of plum, berry, and black cherry.  This single-varietal, single-vineyard wine has a subtle smoky nose so it pairs nicely with red meat, particularly grilled meat dishes.  We produced 13 cases andwe’ll have it available in 750 ml and 1.5 L bottles, perfect for a family gathering or special celebration.  Maybe Easter dinner?  Or a Father’s Day BBQ?  The possibilities are endless. 

Interested in tasting our Malbec?  Join us at Winemaker Wednesday at Shadowbrook in Capitola on March 20 or visit us at the winery on March 30 or 31.