Malbec Flavor Profile:
Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied, dry red wine with plenty of acidity and higher tannin and alcohol levels. Dark, inky purple color profiles and ripe fruit flavors of plums, black cherry and blackberry can give this wine a decidedly jammy character. Smoke, earth, leather, wild game, tobacco and white/black pepper along with a slew of high profile spices can make for an interesting medley of aromas and flavors, adding to layers of complexity and unique food pairing profiles.
Definitely a red meat wine that is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian, Thai or Italian fare, with preference given to barbecue, spices and hard to pair meat-driven dishes, Malbec is extremely food-friendly and ultra accommodating. Consider giving Malbec a go with a wide variety of beef, game, lamb, chili, stews, mushrooms, sausage and barbecue sauces. Learn more about Pairing Malbec Wine with Food here.
Malbec is typically sold as a dry, red wine varietal and labeled as such, though it is also found in blends (often to add color), as a rosé and even sparkling and dessert Malbecs can be found with a little effort. Our Malbec Wine Recommendations and Reviews will give you a jumpstart on delicious, well-distributed, wallet-friendly Malbec wine finds. With a reputation for providing exceptional quality to price ratios, this red wine varietal is on the rise in international markets, but the U.S. is by far the number one Malbec importer.
Key Malbec Producers to Try:
Don Miguel Gascon
Altos Las Hormigas