Valcan Cellars 2019 “Bare” White Malbec, Rogue Valley, $22

By on October 19, 2020

Working with Malbec has been a part of the Valot family in Argentina for generations, but crafting it for a “white” wine was not given much serious thought there. Juan Pablot blazes the trail for it Oregon, and it’s believed this “Bare” could be the first wine of its type in the United States. In this case, the Eugene winemaker worked with a lot from Kelly Vineyard in the Rogue Valley that came in at 20 Brix – spot-on for this effort. The pale peach color hints that it’s an “orange” wine, and the nose brings hints of membrillo, apricot and Douglas fir tips. There’s great weight and a sense of class to its tingly texture of nectarine and tangerine that’s capped by cantaloupe and apricot skin. The wines are available at The Nest in downtown Corvallis, from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 105 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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