Mini-Review- Rigal “The Original” Malbec 2010

Malbec from France?  Well, actually Malbec originates from France (not from Argentina as many think) and has traditionally been blended with other varietals.  Recently, it seems as though I have been seeing a few 100% Malbec wines from France on the shelves of local wine stores.  Over the weekend I uncorked a bottle of Rigal “The Original” Malbec 2010.  After the first sip, I realized that it was remarkably different from most of the Argentinean Malbec I have tried. 

The wine is much lighter and more elegant than the Malbec generally produced in Argentina.  An overall earthy palate with tastes of raspberries, strawberries, plums, and a hint of spice.  A straight-forward, easy sipping wine.  I would suggest chilling slightly before pouring and keeping an open mind because this is not the Malbec you were probably expecting!  (B-, $10, 13%)

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