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2019 Little Mad Bird Malbec 750ml

2019 Little Mad Bird Malbec

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Plum and berry aromas are bold and show a touch of fresh asphalt on the nose. This value-priced Malbec feels lively and juicy, with black plum, blackberry and saucy flavors. Hints of licorice and toast appear on the finish. MICHAEL SCHACHNER

87 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Producer: Alto 3
Website: www.theartisancollection.us

Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $12.99

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Varietal: Malbec
Grown mostly in South America, its popularity has made it almost synonymous with Argentina, the wine producing powerhouse which has now adopted the varietal as it's national grape. While many offer bursting juicy fruit including blackberries, cherries, and plums, the grape is also capable of extended oak-ageing adding spice box, tobacco and leather aromas, as well as a richer texture on the pallate. Originally a vineyard neighbor alongside Carmenere (another French expat) in Bordeaux, Malbec is mostly planted in the neighboring regions of south west France. The town of Cahor, just north east of Bordeaux, is probably the varietals most important region in the country, where it's required to make up at least 70% of the blend. Although a simplification, French versions tend to be drier and more tannic, however they can still display great concentration and depth.

Country: Argentina
A source of great value wines, whether they're for everyday drinking or laying down. Malbec has taken off as the predominant red wine grape variety, producing deeply colored fruity wines with good texture and weight. Bonarda, thought to have been brought over from the Savoie region of France is the second most popular variety. Almost exclusively produced in Argentina, Torrontés is the most popular white wine variety. The Cafayete Valley in Salta producing some of the finest examples which typically display distinctive floral aromas. Although a newcomer to the country with just a 1000 hectares in 1990, Chardonnay has taken off with great success and is now the third most popular white variety with 16,000 acres under vine (2012).

Region: Catamarca
Until the beginning of the 21st century only table grapes and raisins were grown in the region. But that is changing and Catamarca has recently become associated with wines of export quality, and quality and commercial focus are rapidly increasing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah are the first varieties to have produced commercially promising wines from the region.


Type: Red
Red wine is wine made from dark-coloured grape varieties. The color of red differs based on the grapes variety or varieties used. Interestingly, black grapes yield a juice that is greenish-white. The actual red color comes from anthocyan pigments (also called anthocyanins) from the skin of the grape (exceptions are the relatively uncommon teinturier varieties, which produce a red colored juice). Most of the production centers around the extraction of color and flavor from the grape skin.