Malbec, the non-racist wine-geek’s wine

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

All sorts of prejudices keep self-regarding wine geeks from falling too hard for Malbec. It’s kind of like admitting you like the Black-Eyed Peas or something. Too popular, too easy, too sensual, too…southern-hemisphere.

This week I cop to some of those biases, going so far as to speculate that there could be a brush of racism involved. A couple of good Mendoza Malbecs make the cut this week; next week I’ll get into some incredible, complex single-vineyard — and somewhat Europhilic — expressions of Argentine Malbec. The big thing is: Kill your idols, lose your preconceptions, lift your own template so the wines themselves can speak. Malbec can be great wine.

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