Wine Reviews

2010 Xplorador Malbec

Concha y Toro is best known for vineyards in Chile, which were first planted in 1883 by Don Melchor with vines brought from Bordeaux.

This large company exports a lot of wine to the US at various price points. The Xplorador wines are all very inexpensive, and some of them have unexpectedly impressive quality for the price.

Héctor “Tito” Urzúa is Xplorader’s winemaker. His Malbec has a light plummy aroma with a hint of vanilla. Aged in French oak for 5 months, this wine is deep red, with a medium body and tannins balanced nicely by fruit flavors.

Given the young age of this wine as well as the bargain price, I was nicely surprised at how easily drinkable it was and recommend it as a great everyday Malbec.

  • Grapes: Malbec
  • Alcohol: 13.2%
  • Retail price: <$10
  • From: Lujan de Cuyuo, Mendoza, Argentina

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