Redwood Creek Malbec
Frei Brothers Vineyard
So, here we have another Malbec up for review. And again, it's a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
This is the 2009 Vintage Redwood Creek Malbec from the Frei Brothers Vineyard.
Now, it's pretty obvious I'm a huge fan of Malbec wine. Like I've said before, they can be so rustic, jammy, and earthy, traits which I love together. On the flipside, they can also be terribly off and too funky. Maybe that's why I like them so much. It's like playing the lottery. You never know if the next bottle of Malbec is going to be awfully good... or just awful.
The 2009 Redwood Creek Malbec pours a deep red that verges on becoming black and has bold blackberry aromas, with bits of spice and a weedy herbality (is that a word?). Tasting brings a deep mix of blackberry jam, ripe black cherries, hints of smoke and pepper, with a savory oaky undercurrent and moderate tannins.
This is another big, dark Malbec perfect for pairing with grilled beef or game meat. While it's not my favorite Malbec, it's a steal under $10 and I'd definitely drink it again.
Drink This: if you want a big, bold Malbec that retails under $10.
Don't Drink This: if you are looking for something elegant and subtle.
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