About Sparkling Wines from Argentina

About Sparkling 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

Sparkling Wines

Don Rodolfo NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Mendoza
88 points
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Fruity aromas and flavors of yeasty berry danish, lemon curd, and green apple with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, long finish with notes of fruit salad, tapioca, and pomegranate chutney with no oak flavor. A fun, fruity bubbly that will liven up a party or meal.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
88 points $11 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Luján De Cuyo
84 points
Pink color. Aromas of apple sauce and stewed white fruit and tea bag with a light-to-medium body and a short-to-medium wheatgrass, and plantain finish. A dry, earthy sparkler.
Don Rodolfo NV Extra Brut Sparkling Wine Mendoza
84 points
Yellow straw color. Earthy, funky aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt, damp mossy earth, brie cheese rind, and bee pollen with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of kiwi and cantaloupe, wintermint, and grass with no oak flavor. A funky, earthy bubbly for cheeses and gamey appetizers.