Malbec Wine Recommendations


Malbec is a highly sought after dry, red wine from Argentina that the international community is absolutely raving over.  If you’d like to find out what all the excitement is about, here are some food-friendly Malbec wines for you to check out that are at various price points to help you get a better understanding of the most renowned red varietal from Argentina.

1. Antigal Uno Malbec

Antigal Uno Malbec

This solid Argentinian Malbec has generous amounts of ripe fruit, violets, and also mocha on its nose.  An herbaceous quality, wisps of smoke and powerful plum all showcase the rich palate profile of this impressive wine.

2. 2011 Tilia MalbecTilia Malbec

This Argentinian red wine is a very good value.  The nose has blueberry and blackberry characteristics with swirls of freshly ground pepper thrown into the mix.  The supple palate profile is comprised of ripe fruit flavors, including blackberry, black cherry and plum mixed with some tobacco and spice.

3. Susana Balbo Malbec

This elegant Argentinian Malbec contains a 5% splash of Cabernet Sauvignon as part of the mixture,  It contributes structures and stretches out to the final finish.  You will find blackberry and dark cherry fruit on the nose surrounded by vanilla spice and mocha.  Cherry and black plum are showcased on the palate with currents of coffee and rich dark chocolate rounding its flavor profile out.  It has tightly wound tannins that appreciate more cellar time or some breathing.

4. Catena Malbec

Catena Malbec

This is a well-placed, bright Malbec that has enticing aromas centered around subtle coffee bar, rich florality and concentrated fruit scents.  The palate is highlighted by dark berry fruit with tannins that are well-managed and a nice balance overall.

5. La Posta Paulucci Malbec

This impressive Malbec offers an abundance of vanilla spice, currant and cherry to its nose.  The palate highlights a ripe raspberry and rich cherry flavor profile, and is rounded out with softer, medium-body tannins and a finish that is well-defined.  This wine goes great with sausage pizza, poultry, pot roast and burgers.

6. 2010 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

2010 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

This delicious Malbec has a kick and intensity to it and features firm tannins.  There is good reason why Malbec continues being the signature grape of Argentina.  Its ruggedness can handle many different chipotle accents, sausages and meats.  The wine’s flavor profile is comprised of plum and blackberry with hints of vanilla spice and smokiness.  The Trapiche Broquel Malbec has good flavor and is a fuller-bodied wine, has a decent finish and offers excellent value.  This wine has proven to be very versatile for the summer grilling season.

7. Michel Torino Malbec Don David

Michel Torino Malbec Don David

This wine is bursting with cherry and blackberry with tobacco and tea mingling on its nose.  Its palate profile provides an abundance of spice and fruit with an elegant balance and noticeable structure.  It has a strong and long finish.  This Malbec provides a solid value and is versatile enough for handling a mixture of seasonings and flavors as part of the pairing process.

8. 2010 Clayhouse Vineyard Malbec

2010 Clayhouse Vineyard Malbec

This Malbec offers plum-filled fruit along with bold and big flavors and well-maintained tannins designed to withstand a wide array of grilled foods.  This tasty California Malbec is rounded out by generous amounts of smoke, peppery spice and vanilla.

9. 2009 Luca Malbec

This particular Malbec features a dense and stunning violet color for every vintage in the glass.  The palate has a density in the form of dark berry fruit that is jam-packed and layered with a hint of tobacco and espresso notes.  The innate depth of this wine and nicely honed balance of concentrated fruit-forward flavor, soft tannins, alcohol and acidity is quite striking.  The wine is fresh and fun and offers plenty of endurance and flesh.  This Malbec is ideal for a wide variety of red meat combination and cuts that are barbecued, braised, roasted or grilled.

10. Alamos Malbec

Alamos Malbec

This wine’s deep purple pigment is followed by blackberry mixed with toasted oak and a hint of violet to make up its initial aromatic scent.  It offers a solid value and is well-distributed, making it a nice introduction to the beloved red wine grape from Argentina.  This wine goes well with casual fare like meat lover’s pizza, brats and burgers.

11. 2011 Punto Final Malbec Classico

Punto Final Malbec

This Argentinian Malbec offers solid value.  The nose provides a healthy dose of dark fruit, with the palate displaying jammy flavors of dark cherry and plum.  It has a balanced structure and supple support that gives this wine an advantage on similarly priced Malbecs.

12. Viu Manent San Carlos Estate Malbec

Viu Manent Malbec

Malbecs from Chile do exist.  However they are not very common, particularly when you compare it to the craziness taking place in the neighboring country of Argentina.  This Chilean Malbec, however, is made from vines that are 80 years old.  It is definitely worth hunting down.  It offers a delicious dark fruit assortment- mainly black cherry and blackberry, along with smoky undertones and a hint of tobacco.  This is a top wine pick, given its deep concentration, integrated, fine tannins and overall balance.

13.Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec

Crios de Susana Balbo Malbec

This wine is a great introduction to the Malbec world.  The engaging nose is dominated by smoke and cherries  and has vibrant follow-up flavors of ripe raspberry, blackberry and cherry fruit.  This wine overall enjoys spice box character that is consistent, solid acidity, medium body and earthy undertone for its finish.