About Dessert Wines from Argentina

About Dessert Wines from Argentina
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

Dessert Wines

New Age NV Sweet Wine Mendoza
84 points
$12
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apricots in syrup, and clover honey with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast finish with no oak flavor. A light and simple Moscato-like quaffer.
New Age NV Sweet White Wine San Rafael
84 points
$12.99
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of white flowers, apricot, honey, freshly sliced lime, fennel, and tea cakes with buttercream with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a polished, brisk finish revealing accents of tropical fruit salad. A fruity, spritzy Sweet Wine for effortless quaffing; try with spicy foods.
84 points $12.99
New Age NV Red San Rafael
83 points
$12.99
Bright violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry soda, apple granola, cider, and foraged mushrooms with an oily, soft, petillant, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, short finish with fruit tannins. A sweet and bubbly quaffer to serve ice cold.
83 points $12.99
New Age NV Sweet Wine Mendoza
80 points
$12
Brilliant light siam color. Funky aromas and flavors of plum jam, raspberry wine, ripe tomato, and leather with a satiny, soft, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A fruity and funky quaffer for those with a sweet tooth.