Malbec grapes generally has an inky dark color and robust tannins. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than either the Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot for it t mature. It ripens mid-season and can bring a very deep color, ample tannin with a particular plum-like flavor. The wines are rich, dark, and can be juicy. Doing my due diligence I tasted two that were different in styles.Trumpeter Malbec, 2012 (SRP $10.99): For those who like it a little dirty… This has aromas of earth, tobacco, dark spice, a bit of funk (don’t let that scare you) and flavors of intense tannins, cherry, and oak.
Rutini Encuetro Malbec, 2011 (SRP $18.99): For those who like it a little cleaner (softer)… Beautiful aromas of violet floral notes, cassis, ink, blackberries and flavors of dark chocolate, Asian spices, and just a hint of orange marmalade.
Depending my mood, I’d drink both and be perfectly OK but truth be told I did prefer the later. Both being from Mendoza, Argentina (pros at Malbec) I’d have to say they did a good job!