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

Allamand 2013 Altamira Malbec
95 points
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of italian leather, wild mushrooms, berry coulis and cocoa nib, and balsamic kissed dark chocolate with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long fertile earth and raisin, lavender, tobacco and toasted coconut, and coffee crusted salami finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A rich and decadent Malbec that must be a cousin of Bordeaux.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Malbec, 2017 Best Argentine Malbec
Trapiche 2016 Oak Cask Malbec
94 points
Best Buy
Medium color. Fruity, jammy, fresh, funky aromas of blackberry, plum, pomegranate, and leather with a soft, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long , and bacon finish with well-integrated tannins. A full-bodied, jammy, meaty Malbec with a delicate finish.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2016 Old Vine Malbec
93 points
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. 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
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. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.
Allamand 2013 H Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
93 points
Black garnet color. Mature aromas of spring garden, tar, mixed berry coulis, and dark chocolate dipped smoked meats with a lightly tannic, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a thought-provoking, long fine leather, terra cotta, plump dried fruits, and cherry cola finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and mature South American cab that will drink well for years to come.
Finca La Malena 2016  Torrontes
93 points
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lilacs, roses and orange blossoms, spiced lychee and peach, and key lime custard with a silky, tangy, fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon spritzed melon and nectarine skin finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasting and attractive fruity, floral white with fine balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Argentine White Wine, 2017 Best Torrontes
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chakana Estate 2014 Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza
93 points
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry tart, herbal honeycomb, and pressed flowers with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, long spiced craisins, sundried and pickled tomatoes, and toffee finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, concentrated red blend that reward now and in the future.
93 points $26.95
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Cabernet Franc
92 points
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 fine leather furniture, gooseberry, soy sauce, peaches and cream, and fragrant toasty tobacco finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. 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
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. 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
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 grated cinnamon, cola, tart cherry pie, and cucumber finish. An inky, concentrated malbec that delights the senses; a lovely cellar candidate.