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"Malbec in the Desert" AZ-Based Carlson Creek Vineyard Releasing First-Ever Malbec

Posted on July 13, 2017

(WILLCOX, Ariz.) – While Malbec is widely associated with the South American regions of Argentina and Chile, one of the largest vineyards in Arizona, Carlson Creek Vineyard, took advantage of their growing regions similarities by planting this robust purple grape. The result is a full-bodied 2015 Malbec ($40/bottle) with a long finish and firm tannins, highlighted by notes of black fruit, plums and blackberries with a hint of light smoke, sweet tobacco and black pepper.

“Our vineyard in Willcox has a higher elevation and similar latitude and soil composition to that of Argentina and Chile so it was a natural choice for us to plant these vines and we couldn’t be happier with the resulting wine,” said co-owner and winemaker Robert Carlson III. “With a very limited number of 100 cases produced, we expect to sell out quickly.”

At 4200 feet in elevation amongst the newly designated Willcox AVA, the Carlson family’s 280-acre vineyard also features well-draining alluvial soil, making the perfect growing conditions for this grape, as well as the seven other varietals they have planted currently (including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon).

For more information or to purchase the 2015 Malbec ($40/bottle) once it becomes available on July 14, visit either tasting room (Scottsdale: 4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 or Willcox: 115 Railview Ave., Willcox, AZ 85643) or purchase online at For ongoing updates and news from Carlson Creek Vineyard, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Established in 2008, Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in southeastern Arizona, with tastings rooms in Willcox and Scottsdale, Arizona. Their 280-acre Willcox vineyard produces varietals of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Grenache Rosé, with Chenin Blanc and Merlot varietals being locally sourced. Shipping is currently available to Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada and New Mexico. For more information, hours of operation and upcoming events, visit

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