Tango Malbec

Flavor and power are entwined - pure on the palate - juicy with a wealth of fruit and light, velvety tannin.

Originally planned to use in our classic Bordeaux blends Tango is subtle and fascinating. A heady, seductive wine that obviously deserved to be bottled as a single-vineyard, single-varietal and is a great addition to our Icon Wine Collection.

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Food Pairing ~ Tango Malbec

Meat and Malbec– the ultimate pairing! Malbec has soft tannin and a short finish, making it a great choice with lean red meats.

Pair it with roast beef, rib-eye steak and prime rib. It also goes well with roast turkey and chicken and will stand up to spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian and Italian foods, especially those with rich tomato based sauces. Here's a few suggestions:

Use exotic spices, like clove, allspice, and cinnamon. Herbs like pepper, sage, rosemary, and juniper make a striking complementary pairing however mint introduces serious complexity. Try lamb chops and mint jelly.

For vegetables and garnishing flavor use mushrooms, shallots and onions but go very light on garlic! With everything you cook for Malbec try different kinds of peppercorns (white, pink, green, red) for surprising effects.

Outstanding with sausage pizza topped with chili or barbecue sauce. Try with slow-cooked brisket or braised beef short ribs and always include a little Tango in the au jus.

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Cheese Pairing ~ Tango Malbec
The slight tannins in Tango push the creamy nature of cheese, even hard cheeses. Malbec also does wonders with melted blue cheese or cheeses with spicy rubs. Here's a few suggestions:

Tango is wonderfully deep, dense, glossy red-black hue when poured into the glass. The nose starts off with blackcurrant and ripe plum over a layer of densely compacted fruit beneath revealing a seam of minerals and still more, so the cheese will be awash with this lovely dark fruit flavor.

Pure on the palate with a juicy texture and a wealth of velvety tannin and acids but tied in with all this power there is floral fruit, great substance and a lovely presence that makes cheese come alive.
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Serving ~ Tango Malbec
  • Serving Temperature: 60°F- 65°F
  • Glass Type: Riedel - Bordeaux
  • Decant: Yes – 30 to 50 minutes
  • Age: Up to 15+ years
  • Pronunciation: mal bek

Background ~ Tango Malbec
Malbec, originally called Côt, is the dominant red varietal in Cahors where the Appellation Controlée regulations require a minimum content of 70% for label certification.

Introduced to Argentina by French agricultural engineer Michel Pouget in 1868, Malbec is widely planted in Argentina producing a softer, less tannic-driven variety than the wines of Cahors.

Malbec is used in small amounts in Bordeaux blends typically to add color and complexity. Originally planted in our estate vineyards to blend into our Bordeaux program the Malbec found its way into our taste buds and hearts immediately demanding its own label.

It was obvious that it belonged in our Icon collection. Bill loves steak au poivre and Malbec is perfect with that dish so in 2004 our first single-vineyard, single-varietal Malbec was bottled.

A dark, almost black, spicy wine reminiscent of blackberries and chocolate, with a velvety texture. The wine is full bodied and able to mature elegantly but is delicious consumed young as well.

Tango sells out very quickly with each release so in 2008 we added a second vineyard to accommodate demand and in 2010 we added a third high altitude Malbec vineyard to replace them.

Malbec grown at high altitude with a greater diurnal temperature variation develops more intense color, a denser palate and a longer aging potential due to its higher acidity than its counterpart from low altitude, resulting in a more harmonious age-worthy wine.

Romantic Name ~ Tango Malbec
Tango - a dance popular in Argentina in which the dancers are entwined as lovers. The way this wine entwined itself into our taste buds, our hearts, our wine portfolio and our Icon collection, as well as its popularity in Argentina, all suggested to Bill that it should be called Tango.

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