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Barefoot Malbec

In my last post I checked out a Barefoot Prosecco that was pretty good and challenged the prejudice some folks have against the Barefoot brand. And so I thought I’d check out another Barefoot wine — their malbec.

I often struggle to find the right balance between writing about obscure and interesting, although possibly difficult to find bargain wines and writing about average wines that nearly anyone can easily find. This is one post for the latter category.

I can’t say this is an obscure wine and there’s not much terribly interesting about it, but it is definitely a bargain.

The nose is pleasant and pretty typical of a malbec, with rich black cherry and spice aromas. In the mouth it offers loads of ripe black cherry, berry and plum flavors. The fruit is a little more jammy than I’d prefer, but I’m sure many folks would like it the way it is. The acidity is good. The mouthfeel could stand to be a bit richer and smoother. It has a decent finish. While nothing magical, it’s not bad for a bargain.

Wine: Barefoot Malbec
Varieties: Malbec
Vintage: Non-vintage
Alcohol: 13%
Rating: 84
Average price: $6.00
Disclosure: This wine was received as a media sample.

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Tim is the founder and chief reviewer at Cheap Wine Ratings since 2007.
3 replies to this post
  1. I’ve been reading the self-published biography of the Barefoot founders – it’s actually pretty eye-opening. Funny to see you’re going down a barefoot garden path yourself at the same time 🙂

  2. When it comes to Malbec a guy must decide if he truly wants to experience an old world Malbec which can be bought out of South America with all of its pulp , mouth-feel richness and ambiance or perhaps a California Malbec under Barefoot Cellars, curled in around the horizons, missing the purple foot girls and all they pounded out beneath their petite pieds and settle for a more tame version of the once European supper table staple. Hey, I gotta say… Barefoot Cellars…you dosed it…you filtered it… it’s refined…it is not insulting to the pallet ….Hey ! It’s a Malbec derivative at a frugal price. Job well done.

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