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Wines From Argentina To Try on Malbec World Day 2021

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.

However…

…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.


Achaval-Ferrer
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


โœ… Sustainably farmed

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸŒŽ Agrelo (Lujan de Cuyo) & Medrano (Junin), Mendoza

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Redcurrant, black cherry, mineral, rose, spice

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium-full body, firm tannins, integrated herbal, dark chocolate finish

๐Ÿ• 10 months in second use French oak barrels

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $31 – $35


Alamos
Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


โœ… Hand-harvested

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸŒŽ Mendoza

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Ripe blackberry, clove, mocha, black pepper

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium-full body, ripe dark fruit, approachable, vivid acidity, lingering finish

๐Ÿ• 50% aged 6-9 months in first and second use French and American oak

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $14 – $18


Bodega Argento
Estate Reserve Organic Cabernet Franc 2019


โœ… Organic

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Franc (It’s not Cab Sauv, but I’m sneaking it in the mix)

๐ŸŒŽ Agrelo (Lujรกn deCuyo), Mendoza

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Raspberry, herb, green pepper

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium body, earthy, red & black fruit, acidity through the finish

๐Ÿ• 30% in French oak (550L and 3500L) 

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $18 – $22


El Esteco
Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019


โœ… 20+ year old vines

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸŒŽ Calchaquรญ Valley

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Blueberry, plum, coffee & mocha, spice

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium-full body, black/dark fruit, robust tannins, well-balanced, integrated oak flavour

๐Ÿ• 70% aged in American and French oak for 12 months

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $15 – $19


Escorihuela Gascon
1884 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


โœ… Terroir expression since 1884

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸŒŽ Agrelo (Lujรกn deCuyo), Mendoza

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Ripe red and dark berries, vanilla, clove, herbs

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium body, juicy, plush tannins, well-balanced

๐Ÿ• 8 months in French oak

๐Ÿ’ต Approximatey $19 – $23


Kaiken
Seleccion Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


โœ… Hand-harvest

๐Ÿ‡ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

๐ŸŒŽ Agrelo (Lujรกn deCuyo), Mendoza

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Raspberry, redcurrant, mineral, light herb

๐Ÿ‘„ Medium body, soft & approachable tannins, medium acidity

๐Ÿ• 40% aged for 6 months in French oak

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $12 – $16


Achaval-Ferrer
Quimera 2013


โœ… Sustainably farmed

๐Ÿ‡ Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc (the only blend of the bunch)

๐ŸŒŽ Perdriel (Lujan de Cuyo): Malbec 
Medrano (Junin): Cabernet Sauvignon
Tupungato (Uco Valley): Merlot and Cabernet Franc 

๐Ÿ‘ƒ Black currants, dark plums, vanilla pod, black pepper

๐Ÿ‘„ Full body, bold tannins, elegant, concentrated berry notes, layered

๐Ÿ• 15 months in new (50%) and second use (50%) French oak

๐Ÿ’ต Approximately $72 – $78

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