Red Rock Malbec Reserve 2010

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peter pearce photo


Vinted and bottled by Red Rock winery Healdsburg, CA


       This Malbec is grown here in California, not Argentina.

The flavor of this reserve wine lacks the depth of the Bodega de ELENA

Malbec, which is my current favorite. It is not a bad wine, but if looking

for a reasonably priced California red, I’d go Murphy-Goode Cabernet.

Malbec – Bodega ELENA de Mendoza 2011

Bodega ELENA de Mendoza 2011IMG_2930

Vinted and bottled by B.E.D.M. Wines

Imported by Wine Brokers Unlimited, Hayward, CA

Product of Argentina

This is the Dudes favorite Malbec yet tasted! This is the first of the bottles

that I have opened that came with a real cork. Good 1st impression. Upon

tasting this wine, I was immediately aware that the taste game had changed.

The bar had been raised. This was serious wine.

The full bodied wine smoothly drifts over your taste buds, dangling flavors of

blackberries and plums, leaving a rejoicing smile and desire for more.

There was no crazy tinny aftertaste. This was immediately my new favorite Malbec.

If it is a dollar more than the other Malbec’s in this price range, pay it!

Get this Malbec!

(side note)  April 2013 issue of Bon Appetite magazine includes McCormick

gourmet selection recommending this wine also.



Malbec – Cupcake 2011

Grown in Mendoza, Argentina.

The Dude of Food Wine Review
Cupcake 2011

Imported by Cupcake Vineyards, Livermore, CA


Grown at 2,400 feet under the shadow of the snow covered Andes mountains,

this Mendoza region wine is more talk than action. The flavors mentioned on

the back of the label mention flavors of plums, raspberries and a dark chocolate

flourless cupcake. Really?

Priced in the reasonable to cheap catagory, but you get what you pay for in this case.

Prefer the Sensual or Robert Mondavi over this Cupcake.


Malbec – Redwood Creek 2011

Raised in Mendoza, Argentina

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Malbec taste test

Imported by Redwood Creek Winery, Modesto, CA


I wanted to like this wine but felt it was just not quite as good as the

Robert Mondavi PS  ’11 or Sensual ’12. Not sure why. Same grape,

same region, same year.


This wine’s taste was much like the Sensual and Mondavi but there was a slight

shift that did not work in the Redwood Creek’s favor. The price is about the

same so if I had my option, I’d choose the others.

Malbec – Robert Mondavi Private Selection 2011

Mendoza, Malbec  Product of Argentina

Red Wine Review
2011 Private Reserve

Imported by CWUS Imports, Acampo, CA


Another reasonably priced, Mendoza raised wine. This tastes very similar to the

Sensual 2012 used as my Malbec standard to compare the other wines.


Grapey, but not overly. OK. Not sweet. Kind of flat. Short tongue life. On the heavy side ala

a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Malbec – SENSUAL 2012

Malbec - Sensual 2012Produced & bottled by Valentin Bianchi, Mendoza, Argentina

Imported by Quintessential LLC, Napa

Reasonably priced, nicely painted and cheesily named, this Mendoza raised wine is

the Malbec the Dude of Food used as my standard to compare the other wines.


Grapey, but not overly. OK. Not sweet. Kind of flat. Short tongue life. On the heavy side ala

a Cabernet Sauvignon.