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
218991
Belasco de Baquedano
2015 Llama Old Vine Red Blend Bonarda-Malbec
Opaque color. Aromas and flavors of plums, cherry, and flowers with a lively, dryish full body and an appealing, long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A superb full-bodied red with plenty of terrior, dark fruit flavors, kirsch notes, and well integrated tannins; this could easily pass for a top end red Bordeaux.
96 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221114
Allamand
2013 Altamira Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220938
Trapiche
2016 Oak Cask Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221119
Allamand
2013 H Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218739
Finca La Malena
2016 Torrontes
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.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218801
Chakana Estate
2014 Estate Selection Red Blend Mendoza
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217509
MYTHIC
2011 Barrel Reserve Malbec
Garnet black color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of berry creme brulee, spiced toffee, toasted sandalwood, and mixed peppercorns and olives with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long beets, slate, and cashews finish with silky, fine tannins. A elegant, sensuous, finely balanced malbec with great subtlety and depth.
93 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220944
Contempo
2016 Malbec
Garnet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of forest berry relish with pine, frosted spice cake, fondant, and sautéed mushrooms with a slightly chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long forest berry jam, dusty road and violets, spiced cocoa powder, and leather patina finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A crushable, juicy malbec for dinner.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219389
Cabal
2014 Reserva Malbec
Bright deep purple color. Rustic aromas and flavors of dried blackberries, fine leather saddle, violet scented black tea, and hint of star anise with a tangy, dry medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long dark chocolate covered nut, arugula, cedar, and finish with gritty tannins and moderate oak. An intriguing savory Malbec with alluring waves of flavor.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218990
Belasco de Baquedano
2016 Llama Malbec
Violet color. Floral aromas and flavors of geranium and lilac and boysenberry compote with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long vanilla toffee, citrus sorbets, minerals, and tomato chutney finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nicely layered, juicy and floral Malbec that is sure to please.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab