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

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. 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. A sturdy and serious Cab Franc with aging potential; fans of Ripasso wines may find a match here.
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 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
$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. 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 grated cinnamon, cola, tart cherry pie, and cucumber finish. An inky, concentrated malbec that delights the senses; a lovely cellar candidate.
Inkarri 2016 Estate Bottled Malbec
91 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Dark dusty violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of boysenberry jam, eucalyptus, fertile earth, and blueberry pie with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length chocolate covered blackberries, toasty griddle cakes, mountmorency cherry, and salted blood orange finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy high-elevation malbec that will hit the spot.
91 points $13.99 Best Buy
Region 1 2016 Reserve Malbec
91 points
Dark violet color. Creamy, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of boysenberry custard pie and chocolate toffee with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length caramel apple, meringue, horchata, and bacon finish with light oak. A sleek and sexy malbec with a creamy texture and fun fruit.
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 dried cherries and figs, tobacco, cedar, and pepper finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. 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. A big and bold Malbec with aging potential; French Malbec lovers may find a new world tipple here.
Inkarri 2016 Red Blend Estate Bottled Luján de Cuyo
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of leather, cocoa butter, cinnamon-sugar, and dried date with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an engaging, medium-long carob, red peppercorn, and coriander finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dry and bold red for excellent meals.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy