About Argentine Wine

About Argentine Wine
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16.

Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part.

There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

Exquisite Collection 2018  Malbec
93 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of huckleberry tart, sweet tomato, elderflower, blueberry, sandalwood, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-length toasted pine nuts, cocoa nib, and pomegranate relish finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, nuanced Malbec that will be a hit.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine Malbec
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of amarena cherries in syrup, dutch cocoa powder, stewed prunes, sundried tomato, apple cinnamon tea, grilled rhubarb, and menthol with a velvety, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length chocolate covered raisin, cinnamon scone, and prosciutto finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex Malbec with raisinated flavors for fans of Ripasso wines.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Encendido 2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented Cabernet Franc
93 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas of prunes, raisin, roasted aliums, and sweet pea blossom with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long cinnamon stick, nutmeg, dry earth, and compressed watermelon finish with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.
Algodon Wine Estates 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
92 points
$29
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry bon bon, cranberry mostarda, savory herbs, mint, and caramelized mushrooms with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a delightful, long finish that presents notes of chocolate. A vibrant Pinot Noir with an elegant balance of fruit and earth; edgy acidity gives aging potential.
Algodon Wine Estates 2013 Premium Reserva Cabernet Franc-Malbec
92 points
$34
Black violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced plum, ginger snaps, banana cake, and roasted nuts with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an elegant, long finish with notes of cigar box, vanilla bean, burnt sugar, and graphite with firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brawny red blend from Argentina that blankets the palate in toasty oak flavor.
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Perfumed aromas and flavors of sweet dark berry melange, violet petals, earth, and heirloom tomato and watermelon salad with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long finish with overtones of fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A beautiful and serious wine with a hint of sweetness; serve with zesty steaks.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Solandes 2015 Coleccion Roble Malbec
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Dark black garnet color. Aromas of ripe cherries, leather patina, creme de cassis, ginseng, and tar with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length blackberry handpie, raspberry leaf, and fine carpentry finish with medium, grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. This is a sturdy yet elegant malbec, with a long and persistent finish that shows off hints of restrained fruit, herbs and spices, with well integrated oak.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Encendido 2015 Evolution Single Vineyard Malbec
92 points
$30
Black violet color. Elegant aromas and flavors of raspberry-dark chocolate truffle, allspice leaf, sundried tomato, and graphite with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, distinctive, long finish evoking overtones of grated cinnamon, cola, tart cherry pie, and cucumber. An inky, concentrated malbec that delights the senses; a lovely cellar candidate.
Manos Andinas 2018 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, blackberry pie, chocolate cake, fresh earth, and nuts with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long finish. A very appetizing Malbec will well-integrated tannins and balanced, juicy fruit.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Skeleton 2018  Malbec
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sandalwood incense sprinkled with cinnamon, pickled cherries and berries, and eucalyptus honey nougat with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long finish with elements of pencil shavings, bubbly blackberry pie crust, and kiwi with well-integrated, fine tannins. A delicious and nuanced old world styled Malbec that will sing at the table.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy