Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Wednesday, May 30 2018

Top 10: Argentine Malbec

By: Anthony Gismondi
High Altitude Pulchritude

Malbec returns to our Top Ten list, and given that more than 75 percent of the world’s plantings are in Argentina, our focus this week is on Argie.

The rush for malbec has flooded the marketplace with a lot of labels, some excellent, some commercial. We have tried to navigate you toward the best, but please do not expect to find them all in government stores. The success of these wines globally means less for BC, and smaller amounts tend to head for restaurants and private wine shops so be prepared to hunt some of these labels down.

The good news is the quality is rising, and the push towards better wines is opening new frontiers for the friendly red that thrives at high altitudes. Malbec loves the cooler evenings at elevation, and the resulting diurnal shift conserves acidity and freshness, giving many of the best wines a very pleasant mineral, red fruit character that invites you to drink the entire bottle. Here are ten of our favourite Argentine malbec (and ties) tasted in recent months, which may just inspire you to fire up the asado.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.