Let the Madness in! Part 2

March on in to Pettyjohn’s and try four more Malbecs this week. Learn the differences in terroirs and elevations of one of the fastest growing varietals in the wine world. This batch o’ ‘becs are some of Charlie’s favorites. Let the MADNESS take over- Print your brackets!

Malbec Facts


The Malbec grape originated in France, where it was for a while among the most popular grapes in the country. It is still one of the six grapes allowed for the production of Bordeaux red wine. However, in the 20th century it was surpassed in popularity by Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which are easier grapes to grow. Cahors, in Southwest France, is Malbec’s last French stronghold. Here, 70% of the wine must be Malbec; ironically, this region is being spurred on by improvements in Argentinian Malbec. The Malbec grape actually originated in Burgundy, but no plantings now exist there.

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Vaglio Aggie Malbec- Reg. $18.99 SALE $15.99

First up this week we have the Vaglio Aggie, a new and exciting entry to Malbec Madness! This is 100% Malbec from a single vineyard in Gualtallary, Uco Valley (read that as “Near Mendoza”). The wine shows notes of butterscotch, chocolate, and warm baking spices alongside blue and purple fruit notes. A round and creamy mid palate with subtle nutty notes round out this lighter style, mineral driven Malbec. Made by the same Winery as the third wine of the night, don’t miss the chance to see how the same grape can have two totally different profiles based solely on where its grown!

La Posta Pizzella Malbec- Reg. $16.99 SALE $13.99
Second up in the first match up of the night we have the La Posta Pizzella Malbec, a previous entry in Malbec Madness. Bright ruby-red in color with dark fruits, chocolate, roasted herbs and licorice on the nose, this Malbec shows immediate depth and character. Strong and seamless on the palate but without becoming overpowering as some more modern styled wines tend to do. This refined and smooth wine finishes with serious broad tannins and very good length as it leaves your palate. Another wonderful Malbec and an excellent match up for the Vaglio Aggie. Don’t miss getting to give this one a try!


Vaglio Temple Malbec- Reg. $18.99 SALE $15.99 

Third up we have the Vaglio Temple, facing off against the La Posta Fazzio in our “heavy weight” Malbec match up of the night. Pouring a dark purple in the glass, this wine shows it means business. The wine displays notes of dark black fruit, rose petals, and hints of baking spices and coriander in the nose, with similar flavors showing up on the palate. The mid palate is rich and chocolaty with velvety texture and notes of spice and earth. The wine finishes with firm tannins that lend to a long but very smooth finish. It’s been said before, and it’ll be said again, but this is another Malbec you shouldn’t miss trying!


La Posta Fazzio Malbec- Reg. $16.99 SALE $13.99
Last, but certainly not least, we have the La Posta Fazzio, another previous entry in Malbec Madness. A beautiful reddish purple color, this Malbec shows it character as soon as it hits the glass. The vibrant nose is of red and black cherries and ripe plums that combine with floral touches of violets and rose petals. It holds a nice tannic structure that is full on the palate. Vanilla, chocolate, and some spice appears to make it more complex and to round out the lengthy finish. Another big Malbec to round out the tasting, this is another one you won’t want to miss!

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