Thursday, September 05, 2013

Hudson-Chatham Malbec 2012 Released!

JUST RELEASED in the Tasting Room
2012 MALBEC!

A big, deep, dry red with notes of blackberry and plum. Fantastic!

Malbec (pronounced: [mal.bɛk]) is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and are known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France. It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.

Malbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot to mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.

Wine expert Jancis Robinson describes the French style of Malbec common in the Libournais (Bordeaux region) as a “rustic” version of Merlot, softer in tannins and lower in acidity with blackberry fruit in its youth.

The Malbec of the Cahors region is much more tannic with more phenolic compounds that contribute to its dark color. Oz Clarke describes Cahors’ Malbec as dark purple in color with aromas of damsons, tobacco, garlic, and raisin.

Common smells associated with Malbec are:
  • violets
  • juicy fruit tones
  • damson skins
  • tobacco
  • raisins
It's available now!!! Come on down and try some!!!


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