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

Algodon Wine Estates 2012 PIMA Argentina
95 points
$100
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, olives, and pickled cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with overtones of dried berries, pomegranate herb vinaigrette, smoked nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, stately red blend that entices and delights the palate into another sip.
Algodon Wine Estates 2012 Gran Cuvee Winemaker Selection Argentina
94 points
$55
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, gherkin and cocktail onion, chocolate toffee, and conditioned leather with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted root vegetables, berry reduction, and grilled peppers with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sumptuous and elegant red blend with a deep core of robustly savory flavors.
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
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.
El Tractor 2017 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of milk chocolate, black tea, and root beer with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long black currant, cola, sumac, and smoky dry rub finish. A nicely concentrated, stylish Malbec.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
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
Alamos 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Waxy, fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of lit sandalwood scented candle, dried berries, and roasted peppers and olives with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish conveying touches of dried cherries and figs, tobacco, cedar, and pepper with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A supple and savory, well balanced cabernet that will shine at the table.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' 2018 World Value Wine Challenge Best Value Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points $13 Best Buy
Encendido 2014 Single Vineyard Barrel Fermented Malbec
90 points
$65
Black violet color. Aromas of plum cake, latex, bay leaf, palo santo wood, cherry stones, and brown sugar with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, involved, long dark chocolate, caramel latte, creme brulee, and fennel seed finish with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A big and bold Malbec with aging potential; French Malbec lovers may find a new world tipple here.