The Malbec grape has thick skin & high acidity, yielding robust wines
in Argentina's Mendoza valley.
looking to explore the realm of red wines beyond Merlots and Pinot
Noirs, try an Argentine Malbec.
A medium- to full-bodied red wine,
Malbecs are earthy and wood-like, with flavors reminiscent of
dark fruits like blackberries, plums and cherries.
in an oak barrel, notes of vanilla and leather can also be detected.
In general, these wines contain firm tannins and good acidity
and are ideal when poured at a temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 14.5 degrees Celsius.
best paired with Argentina's world famous steak,
particularly bife de lomo or bife de chorizo, and
rich cheeses. The wine also pairs well with spicy foods; try it
with Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Italian cuisine. Some enjoy it
with a rich dessert or bitter dark chocolate as well.
Malbec grape originated in Bordeaux, France, it was perfected
in the wine-growing valleys around Mendoza, Argentina. These grapes
are sensitive to changes in climate and altitude. In cool conditions,
or high altitudes, the grape has thick skin and high acidity,
yielding strong-bodied, robust wines. In warmer conditions, or
lower altitudes, Malbec wines are lighter and best drunk when
they are young.
the grape is primarily blended with other wines, like Merlots
and Cabernet Sauvignons, to soften the taste. But in Mendoza,
the dry, temperate climate and high altitude are ideal conditions
for the Malbec, resulting in small, dark, juicy grapes that are
soft enough to produce excellent single-varietal wines.
Top Mendoza wineries
grape is also grown in the United States and New Zealand, but
the numerous wineries around Mendoza, Argentina, have emerged
as the world's best producer of Malbec wines. Some of the best
Mendoza-area wineries for Malbec, as selected by the editors of
Wine Enthusiast magazine, include:
Altos Las Hormigas
Cheval des Andes
Clos de los Siete
Cuvelier Los Andes
Terrazas de Los Andes
the depressed Argentine economy, it's relatively affordable to
sample a good Malbec, even outside of Argentina. In the U.S.,
a decent Malbec from a renowned Mendoza winery will set you back
between $12 and $18.