Originally a common blending grape and one of the original five main Bordeaux wine varietals, Malbec is now known as the principal red grape of Argentina. It appeared as a grape variety in its own right in the Napa Valley in the 1990’s. Malbec typically ripens midway through the growing season and produces small, intensely colored grapes.
Our 2013 Malbec comes from 11 year old vines which are carefully farmed on the North East slope of Howell Mountain. The wine is big, dark and inky with aromas of plums and dark ripe berries. This is a rustic wine with powerful fruit. On the palate the wine is rich and round, with a long wonderful finish.
Paul Maroon became interested in wine over 40 years ago. He visited Napa as often as possible through the years and finally in 2000 he realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley from Portola Valley, CA (Silicon Valley). Here he began his life as a vintner. He has been growing grapes and making fine wines in Napa ever since.
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I was very excited and a little nervous when I got the email saying I was selected to be a labrat as this will be my first review. My wife and I are both fans of Malbec so we expected to like this bottle. In the glass, this is a dark wine with a lighter, I’ll say maroon, rim. We didn’t get much of an aroma after the first pour or once it had been in the glass a while. After the first sip we both noticed fruit notes like berry and plum and the taste lingered for quite a while after swallowing. The wine is thick and jammy in the mouth but not sweet or cloying. Compared to the Argentinian malbecs we usually buy, this one was turned up to 11 - more fruit, more of a finish, and also more balanced and elegant tasting. My wife said “Ooh, this tastes expensive and I never thought of malbec as being a special occasion wine but you could pull this one out and impress someone.” I’m sure that this would go well with grilled meat or a steak and we saved the second half of the bottle until the next day with the intention of having it with dinner but we ended up enjoying it on its own again. On day two we tasted the same berry and stone fruits and the tannins were a little more pronounced, giving it a rounder flavor. This was one we both wanted to keep sipping and I think really any one who likes red wine could drink and enjoy this wine. Thanks for the opportunity to review! I hope I covered enough because I am nowhere near as knowledgeable about wine as many of you. I have learned so much from lurking around casemates and woot - thank you to the regular posters that make this such a great community!
OFFS, $30/bottle Malbec is ridiculous. Lived in NoCal for years, and there are too many locals at 1/3 this price point to even mention. Good, but not Great wine. Come on, Casemates, get us some better and more reasonable deals again!!
@cbl_wv I’m thinking the same thing. Why break the bank when I have so much wine downstairs, plus there are a lot of nice Argentinian Malbecs to be had at a lower PP. But then again, if it was my birthday, I might splurge! Wait, it is that day! But I think I’ll pull a Victory out of the Victory wine frig.