Viu Manent, Valle de Colchagua (Chile) Malbec “Secreto de Viu Manent” 2019

($14, Baystate Imports):  Though considered Argentina’s signature red, Malbec is grown all over the world.  This rendition, from neighboring Chile, is a lighter style of Malbec, weighing in at a modest 13.5 % stated-alcohol.  A hint of earthy nuances balances its fruitiness.  They’ve turned down the volume, which, to my mind, frequently increases the enjoyment from this variety that has a proclivity for producing robust reds.  The texture is suave, the tannins fine, so it can take a brief chill.  Think of this simple and satisfying Malbec with barbecued chicken this summer.
87 Michael Apstein Jul 20, 2021