Malbecs from Mendoza

October 2017
Written By: 
James Ginley
This French transplant does best in Argentina

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina, $17

The grapes are handpicked at 5,000 feet elevation in the Uco Valley and develop a thicker skin due to elevation and more sunlight. The extended growing season and cooler nights also add to the complexity and balance of violet and spice notes all the way to the finish. Alamos makes lots of Malbecs, and this is one of the best. Enjoy with grilled meats.

Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina, $14

One of Trapiche’s oldest labels, “Broquel” means shield, and the family chose this symbol to identify with the unique area of the region. Hand-harvested grapes from 15-year-old vines result in a superior blend of light spice, herbs, coffee, flowery notes and a rich aftertaste. A great wine for full-flavored, grilled foods.

Bodega Norton Reserva Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina, $17

Light aromas of dark fruits and berries followed by a jammy mouthfeel showing hints of boysenberry, red currant and black olives. The finish includes subtle accents of chocolate and spice. For under $20, a bargain since it’s rated 90 Points by Wine Spectator and #74 of Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016.

La Posta Pizzella Family Vineyard Malbec 2014
Mendoza, Argentina, $16

Light purple in color with a big nose of mulberry, black cherry and violet. Palate is full and complex, with good structure and bright plum flavors leading to light tannins in the finish. Easy to enjoy with lightly seasoned grilled meat dishes. Rated 95 points by Decanter Magazine.

Silvertop Oak Cask Malbec 2016
Mendoza, Argentina, $14

A microclimate in the foothills of the Andes Mountains is where these special grapes are picked below snow-covered hills called “silvertops,” hence the name of this truly drinkable Malbec. It benefits from aging six months in oak casks, with rich fruit flavors, plus cocoa, and is an intense deep red color. Silky with red plum notes and pairs well with pasta or grilled vegetables.