Malbec Profile

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MalbecMalbec is a purple grape variety used in making red wine. The grapes tend to have an inky dark color and robust tannins producing an intense wine.  It is increasingly celebrated as an Argentine varietal wine and is being grown around the world.   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 blends.  The wines are rich, dark and juicy.

A popular but unconfirmed theory claims that Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who first spread the grape variety throughout France.  (You could consider this the French wine version of Johnny Appleseed?)

Introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, Malbec is widely planted in Argentina producing a softer, less tannic-driven variety than the wines of France.

While acreage of the Malbec is declining in France, in Argentina the grape is surging and has become a “national variety” of a sort that is uniquely identified with Argentine wine.  As the Argentine wine industry discovered the unique quality of wine that could be made from the grape, Malbec arose to greater prominence and is today the most widely planted red grape variety in the country.

At Four Leaves Winery we produce a pure varietal Malbec enhanced with French oak.  This rich violet wine offers an intense plum-like flavor with a hint of smokiness.  The earthy grape of Malbec is quickly becoming one of the most popular red varietals and is growing as the default red wine for many regions around the world.  Come give our Malbec a try.  We are confident it will become a favorite for you as well.


About the Author:

Dean is the owner/winemaker at Four Leaves Winery in Durango, Colorado. A seasoned winemaker, Dean opened Four Leaves Winery on January 1st, 2012. Dean and his sidekick Max have been entertaining visitors on Main Avenue ever since.