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William's California Wine Concentrates are made from 100% Central Valley varietal wine grapes, picked at their peak and gently concentrated with minimum heat (never exceeding 180 degrees F.) under vacuum to 68 Brix. Sugar has not been added, nor is sugar needed to make 5 gallons of full-bodied varietal wine.

The 192 ounces of concentrate included in each pack (two 96 oz. cans) is enough to make 5 gallons of wine with an alcohol content of 12 to 13%. Contains sulfiltes, so you do not need to add them before fermentation. Our California Wine Concentrates are also acid balanced, so you do not need to add acid or do an acid titration test (unless you want to).

Malbec is a grape that originated in Argentina, now grown in the Lodi area of California. It produces a very full-bodied red wine with less tannins than Cabernet.

Note: This includes concentrate only, and does not include yeast, oak, or other additives that may be needed to ferment 5 gallons of wine. For complete wine kits, see our William's California Wine Kits.


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by Danny Beasley
on 5/6/2019
from Georgia
How do you best describe Great!
This was my first concentrate. Purchased by a friend in August 2018 for me to ferment. Bottled in early February 2019. The wine has now been in a bottle for only three months. While I agree with a previous post it has no nose; the body, balance of tannin and acid, and overall taste is exceptional. I appreciate the re-hydrated concentrate having the correct specific gravity and acid level without any adjustment (I checked). I am so impressed I have a Williams Chardonnay, a Sauvignon, a Zinfinel, a Petit Shiraz, and or course another Malbec in process.  Can't wait to comment on these.
by Alex Gandy
on 6/7/2012
from Joplin, MO
Good young wine
I made this Malbec in March of 2012.  I used Lavlin 71B-1122 yeast.  I also added 2 cups of sugar, though it probably wasn't necessary, to bring the SG up to 1.100 for a higher alcohol wine.  I fermented it in the primary for 2 weeks on 4 oz of untoasted American oak chips.  As of June 2012 this wine is very drinkable.  It has a very smooth, round mouth-feel.  My wife confused it with another red wine from a more expensive kit that I have been aging for over a year.  The downside to this wine, though, is that I don't feel as if it has much of a nose or aroma to it.  Without the right smell I think the taste comes off as a little plain.  That is probably true for most red wines from kits or concentrates, though, so I still give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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