Argentina Malbec: Try These 5

Have you had a tasty Malbec recently? If not, grab a bottle. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how delicious they are! Here are a few favorites recently tasted:

2013 Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec, Patagonia, Argentina

Vineyard lots are harvested at different times to ensure optimal acidity and alcohol levels. Unfined and unfiltered, this Malbec is rich, luscious and smooth with licorice, blackberry and spice notes. It finishes long and string, with integrated tannins and great acidity.

Excellent | $60 | 14.5 % ABV

2015 Familia Schroeder Saurus Select Malbec

Traditional Malbec flavors and spices; beautiful plum and spice notes that finishes with vanilla and coffee notes. It’s a round, pretty Malbec!

Very Good | $20 | 14.5 % ABV

2014 Graffigna Grand Reserve Malbec, San Juan, Argentina

There is a well-rounded brightness of fruit represented, with dark berry, smooth mocha and a velvety broad finish making this a wine to seek out. Serve with roasted or grilled meats or hearty mushroom dishes.

Very Good | $20 | 14.0 % ABV

2014 Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

The grapes were sourced from three vineyards from the Uco Valley with variations in altitude and soil types. This Malbec is complex, unique and masculine with dark fruits and integrated tannins. Great value. Pair with none other than an Argentine BBQ!

Excellent | $21 | 14.5 % ABV

2014 Vaglio Wines Vaglio Chacra Malbec, Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina

Vaglio is a new micro-winery located in Tupungato created by José Lovaglio Balbo. He produces four single vineyard wines that focus on micro-climates and minimal winemaking. This Malbec is on the express train to juicyville—luscious black and red fruits that offer soft tannins that finish long and strong.

Very Good | $20 | 14.1 % ABV


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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