Scroll through my Instagram feed, and you will find that Malbec was one of the first grapes that I was sipping at the beginning of my wine life. I had a friend that re-introduced me to Malbec in 2014. At the same time, she was introduced to Malbec by another friend. Likewise, I have introduced Malbec to many other friends and lovers. Malbec is a grape that creates and strengthens friendships. I want to invite you to get in love with this intriguing grape.
Malbec has its roots in France but has flourished in Argentina. To fall in love with Argentinean Malbec, you have to try a couple of producers that have done excellent work with this grape. Since 2014 I have been trying many producers, and finally, I am sharing my favorites. Keep reading to find The 3 Malbecs that you will love and make you admire and respect Argentina’s staple wine.
Trapiche Medalla Malbec 2019 (750 ml / SRP $ 23.99)
Last year, I had the opportunity to meet Sergio Case, Trapiche Wine Maker, over a casual but educational conversation. I admire his craftsmanship and unique eye for selecting grapes from specific vineyards.
Trapiche Winery, located in Mendoza, Argentina, at the foothills of the majestic Andres Mountains, was founded in 1883. The Trapiche Medalla collection, Argentina’s first premium wine, was initially created to celebrate Trapiche’s 100th anniversary. While these 100% single varietal wines are aged in new French oak as a nod to Old World style, they still bring out surprisingly fresh and strong fruit profiles.
This wine has flavors of ripe fruits and stands perfectly amalgamated with spicy and smoky wood.
Some succulent BBQ Pairings with Trapiche Medalla Malbec include grilled chicken, smoked ribs, and veggie kabobs.
Aruma from Bodegas Caro Malbec 2018 (750 ml / SRP $ 17.99)
Bodegas Caro was born from the partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family. This partnership combines French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Hence, with Bodegas Caro, you have the best of the Old World and New World. The tradition and heritage of both families are present from the label top down to the last sip of the last glass. I hope this label already available in the market can hit all the small liquor stores soon.
I already recommended the red blend from Bodegas Caro Amancaya on the Big Bold Reds wine list that I shared with you for Valentine’s Day. From the same portfolio, I am now introducing you to Aruma Malbec.
Aruma Malbec has a beautiful purple color. Aromas of plum and red fruit. A fresh and elegant palate with a remarkable balance between tannins, acidity, and alcohol. Long, delicate finish.
Alamos Malbec 2019 (750 ml / $11.99)
Alamos Malbec is a wine of great quality-price that you can find almost anywhere. So I ran to the liquor store near me, where they have a great selection of wines, and picked up this Alamos Malbec 2019.
Alamos Malbec is 100% Argentinian Malbec. As soon as you pour a glass of this beautiful wine, you can’t help but admire the dark purple color and the intensity of this wine. However, Alamos Malbec 2019 is a big bold red and better goes along with food. Meat-lovers, you will rejoice with this wine pairing, and my vegetarian-pescatarian wine lovers, please do you a favor and pair this with a veggie burger with lots of flavor layers.
Love bold reds? I have more recommendations for you here.