Malbec’s New Sense of Adventure

January 9, 2015 7:32 AM

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Malbec’s New Sense of Adventure

IF IT WEREN’T FOR Argentina, one wonders where Malbec would be now. This rich, ripe red grape variety—which, when young, can take on a deep purple color and smell of anything from violets to licorice and mature black cherry—has found its métier in the foothills of the Andes.

The flourishing of Argentinean Malbec in places like the Uco Valley in Mendoza is one of the great wine achievements of the late-20th century, up there with the success of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand and Pinot Noir in Oregon.

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