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Malbec Wines Recommendations & Reviews


The mighty Malbec is Argentina's prized dry, red wine offering, that has consumers on the international market raving! If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, then check out these food-friendly Malbec wines - at a variety of price points, to get a handle on Argentina's most famous red varietal.

1. Antigal Uno Malbec 2008 (Argentina) $15

A solid Malbec from Argentina with plenty of ripe fruit, earth, violets and mocha on the nose. Powerful plum, wisps of smoke and an herbaceous quality showcase on the rich palate profile.

2. Tilia Malbec 2011 (Argentina) $10

The 2011 Tilia Malbec represents a good value red wine from Argentina. Expect blackberry and blueberry on the nose with a swirl of fresh ground pepper in the mix. The ripe fruit flavors of plum, black cherry and blackberry mixed with a bit of spice and tobacco round out the fairly supple palate profile.

3. Susana Balbo Malbec 2010 (Argentina) $25

Susana Balbo
This classy, Argentinian Malbec has just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon (5%) in the mix, contributing structure and stretching out the finish. On the nose, you'll find dark cherry and blackberry fruit surrounded by mocha and vanilla spice. The palate showcases black plum and cherry with rich dark chocolate and currents of coffee rounding out the flavor profile. The tannins are wound pretty tight and will appreciate a bit of breath and/or a bit more cellar time.

4. Catena Malbec 2010 (Argentina) $20

A bright, well-placed Malbec with enticing aromas that center around concentrated fruit, rich florality and subtle coffee bar scents. Dark berry fruit highlights the palate with well-managed tannins and nice overall balance.

5. La Posta Paulucci Vineyard Malbec 2009 (Argentina) $18

La Posta
La Posta
The 2009 La Posta Paulucci Malbec brings plenty of cherry, currant and vanilla spice to the nose. With the palate spotlighting a rich cherry and ripe raspberry flavor profile, this La Posta Malbec rounds out with a medium-body, softer tannins and a well-defined finish. Give it a go with burgers, pot roast, poultry and even a hearty sausage pizza.

6. Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2010 (Argentina) $11

This is a delicious Malbec with intensity and kick, fruit and firm tannins. Malbec continues to be Argentina's signature grape and for good reason - it is rugged enough to handle a variety of meats, sausages and chipotle accents. The flavor profile consists of blackberry and some plum with a bit of smokiness and vanilla spice. The Trapiche Broquel Malbec is a fuller-bodied wine with good flavor, a decent finish and excellent value. Proven to be a very versatile wine for summer grilling.

7. Michel Torino Malbec Don David 2009 (Argentina) $16

Michel Torino
Michel Torino
The 2009 Don David Malbec is bursting with blackberry and cherry mingling with tea and tobacco nuances on the nose. The palate profile offers plenty of fruit and spice with noticeable structure and and elegant balance, the finish is long and strong. A solid value Malbec that is versatile enough to handle a mix of flavors and seasonings in the pairing process.

8. Clayhouse Vineyard Malbec 2010 (CA) $15

Clayhouse Vineyards
Clayhouse Vineyard's 2010 Malbec offers up solid plum-filled fruit with big, bold flavors and well maintained tannins that are designed to stand up to a variety of grilled fare. Expect plenty of peppery spice, smoke and a good bit of vanilla to round out this delicious California Malbec.

9. Luca Malbec 2009 (Argentina) $32

This Malbec always displays a stunning, dense violet color in the glass every vintage. The density carries on to the palate in the form of jam-packed, dark berry fruit, layered with espresso notes and a puff of tobacco. The wine's innate depth and well-honed balance of acidity, alcohol, soft tannins and focused fruit-forward flavor is striking. A fun, fresh wine with plenty of flesh and endurance, this Malbec is perfect for a medley of red meat cuts and combinations grilled, roasted, braised or barbecued.

10. Alamos Malbec 2011 (Argentina) $10

Deep purple pigment gives way to blackberry mixed with a bit of violet and toasted oak to make up initial aromatic impressions on the 2011 Alamos Malbec. Well-distributed and offering a solid value in the bargain bin category, the Alamos Malbec is a fine introduction to Argentina's beloved red wine grape. Give it a go with casual fare - think burgers, brats and meat lover's pizza.
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