Wines Under $20 (March 3, 2017)

Sorry Malbecs but not all Malbecs are created equal. The grape variety originated in France but it took a move to Argentina 150 years ago to really bring out its full potential. Let me explain. In France, Malbec is still known primarily as a blending grape. For a multitude of reasons, French Malbec doesn’t taste like Argentinian Malbec. The French version is leathery with flavours of black plum and a little bitterness that often makes it taste like it’s not quite ready to drink. Argentine Malbec is much more fruit forward with flavours of blackberry, plum, black cherry, and cocoa and then a sweet tobacco finish. Intrigued? Well, you may just want to pick up a bottle of this week’s Wine Under $20.

The 2014 Finca Las Moras Black Label Malbec is $17.99 at the NSLC . It’s dark inky in colour. It has spice and peppery notes with those ripe fruits on the nose. You’ll also taste coconut, vanilla and spice.  Fun fact about this wine, Finca Las Moras translates into Estate of the Mullberries; the winery is surrounded by mulberry bushes.