This year, I’ve made a concerted attempt to celebrate the special wines days that pop up on social media. From Riesling Day to Pinot Noir Day, I’m trying to have a bottle ready and waiting for each one. My efforts are so sincere that I made a 2021 Drinks Calendar to guarantee I don’t miss one. But there’s one day that I never skip, one that was such a focus during my previous role working for a wine agent, that I always celebrate every year. Malbec World Day 2021 falls on April 17th (as it does every year), and I’m doing it up big! 

I recently wrote an article for SOMM TV that dives into the origins of Malbec World Day and explains why it’s such an important day to recognize. The industry in Argentina has grown substantially over the past 20 years and it’s all thanks to the French grape, Malbec. Last year, I dedicated a post to some popular Malbec bottles. For Malbec World Day 2021, keep your eyes peeled to my Instagram. In the week leading up to April 17th, I’ll be sharing over a dozen bottles to look for and try during your celebration of Malbec World Day.


…here today, I’m looking beyond Malbec and recognizing the immense growth that Argentina has seen to become a major player in the wine world. So when choosing your Malbec for this Saturday, grab a second bottle – perhaps one of the following wines – and appreciate other varieties that Argentina has to offer. Specifically, Cabernet Sauvignon!

I realize it’s weird to talk about Cab in the lead up to Malbec World Day. But go with it! Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for just over 12% of red varieties in Argentina, about three-quarters of which is planted in Mendoza. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon is robust and fruity but it also acts as a great structural addition to a red blend and ages well in oak. It has so much going for it, it’s no wonder it shows so well in Argentina.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

βœ… Sustainably farmed

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

🌎 Agrelo (Lujan de Cuyo) & Medrano (Junin), Mendoza

πŸ‘ƒ Redcurrant, black cherry, mineral, rose, spice

πŸ‘„ Medium-full body, firm tannins, integrated herbal, dark chocolate finish

πŸ• 10 months in second use French oak barrels

πŸ’΅ Approximately $31 – $35

Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

βœ… Hand-harvested

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

🌎 Mendoza

πŸ‘ƒ Ripe blackberry, clove, mocha, black pepper

πŸ‘„ Medium-full body, ripe dark fruit, approachable, vivid acidity, lingering finish

πŸ• 50% aged 6-9 months in first and second use French and American oak

πŸ’΅ Approximately $14 – $18

Bodega Argento
Estate Reserve Organic Cabernet Franc 2019

βœ… Organic

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Franc (It’s not Cab Sauv, but I’m sneaking it in the mix)

🌎 Agrelo (LujÑn deCuyo), Mendoza

πŸ‘ƒ Raspberry, herb, green pepper

πŸ‘„ Medium body, earthy, red & black fruit, acidity through the finish

πŸ• 30% in French oak (550L and 3500L) 

πŸ’΅ Approximately $18 – $22

El Esteco
Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

βœ… 20+ year old vines

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

🌎 Calchaquí Valley

πŸ‘ƒ Blueberry, plum, coffee & mocha, spice

πŸ‘„ Medium-full body, black/dark fruit, robust tannins, well-balanced, integrated oak flavour

πŸ• 70% aged in American and French oak for 12 months

πŸ’΅ Approximately $15 – $19

Escorihuela Gascon
1884 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

βœ… Terroir expression since 1884

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

🌎 Agrelo (LujÑn deCuyo), Mendoza

πŸ‘ƒ Ripe red and dark berries, vanilla, clove, herbs

πŸ‘„ Medium body, juicy, plush tannins, well-balanced

πŸ• 8 months in French oak

πŸ’΅ Approximatey $19 – $23

Seleccion Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

βœ… Hand-harvest

πŸ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

🌎 Agrelo (LujÑn deCuyo), Mendoza

πŸ‘ƒ Raspberry, redcurrant, mineral, light herb

πŸ‘„ Medium body, soft & approachable tannins, medium acidity

πŸ• 40% aged for 6 months in French oak

πŸ’΅ Approximately $12 – $16

Quimera 2013

βœ… Sustainably farmed

πŸ‡ Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (the only blend of the bunch)

🌎 Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo): Malbec 
Medrano (Junin): Cabernet Sauvignon
Tupungato (Uco Valley): Merlot and Cabernet Franc 

πŸ‘ƒ Black currants, dark plums, vanilla pod, black pepper

πŸ‘„ Full body, bold tannins, elegant, concentrated berry notes, layered

πŸ• 15 months in new (50%) and second use (50%) French oak

πŸ’΅ Approximately $72 – $78