When Argentina’s Quinta Nacional de Agricultura (National Vine Nursery) was established in 1853, no one could have imagined that Malbec vines imported from France would be the forbears of one of the most popular wines in today’s global market. This dark purple grape was originally used in blended wines from Bordeaux and as a single variety in Cahors, France. Today Argentina—and especially the Mendoza region—leads the world in crafting delicious Malbec in a variety if styles, from fresh and fruity to intense and spicy. World Malbec Day is celebrated on April 27th, but one does not need a special occasion to pop the cork on an enticing bottle of Mendoza Malbec.
Made with grapes from three different sub-regions within Mendoza, Ruta 22 Malbec is aged in oak for two years, imparting supple tannins and a hint of vanilla that provide a nice backdrop for its rich fruit flavors. It is wonderful alongside Grilled Hanger Steak with onion marmalade and quince aioli.
Pascual Toso Malbec has smooth tannins thanks to the fact that only 40% of the wine is aged in oak for 8 months, while the remainder rests in steel tanks. It features rich flavors of blackberry, black plum, and licorice. It is a perfect pairing for Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with sweet onions, yellow pepper, and paprika.
The smooth, creamy mouthfeel of Don Miguel Gascon Malbec provides a rich backdrop for fresh berry flavors with touches of baking spices and chocolate. Seven months in oak barrels render smooth tannins. It is definitely bold enough to hold up to Piquillo Peppers Stuffed with Beef Oxtail.
Named for the three winds that blow through Mendoza, Trivento Reserve Malbec has rich flavors of strawberry and cherry with touches of chocolate-covered espresso bean. It has a soft finish marked by vibrant acidity. For an unforgettable meal, pair it with Chili Pork Chops.
Primus Malbec is full-bodied, with flavors of raspberry and violet joined by a touch of black pepper. There is a bit of savory spice on the finish, and strong tannins will stand up to rich cuts of meat. Enjoy it with a well-charred Coriander-Crusted New York Steak.