Malbec, the great red grape of Argentina, has been the hottest red varietal around for a decade. (And like so many things Argentine, it keeps amping up its red hot status.) What makes Malbec so awesome? In a word: its texture. Red wines just don’t get more languorous and luxurious. Drinking a good Malbec feels like someone has just wrapped you up in a cashmere blanket.
Because of its softness, plushness, and deep rich fruit, it’s also on our A list as a top red for grilled meats (so stock up for summer). Malbec comes at many price levels—from about $15 on. But for a bigger, more complex experience try one of the malbecs below, which we think are among the best in the entire country.
Lastly, if you’re a New Yorker, don’t miss Cambalache - One Night in Argentina - a wild night of wine, food, music, street art and culture at Brooklyn Night Bazaar in New York City on April 16th and 17th. Hosted by Wines of Argentina in celebration of Malbec World Day (April 17), Cambalache is about invoking all of the senses. You’ll be able to taste over 120 of the best wines from Argentina, enjoy food from Sur Empanada and Cones, plus explore the world of wine and music pairing with world renowned sensory professors Charles Spence and Barry Smith. You might even win a trip to Argentina for two. Tickets are $80.
CATENA ZAPATA “Nicasia” Malbec 2009 (Mendoza, Argentina) $100
TERRAZAS DE LOS ANDES “Las Compuertas” Malbec 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $47
NIETO SENETINER “Cadus” Malbec 2005 (Mendoza, Argentina) $42