Remember five years ago, when Pinot Noir was all the rage? And prior to that, when Shiraz from Australia logged time as America?s darling red wine? And even before that, when California Merlot was the big thing? Nowadays, the hottest wine in this country is Argentinean?Malbec. Dense and dark, with full-bodied richness that few other grapes besides maybe Cabernet Sauvignon, warm-climate Syrah and Tempranillo can mimic, Argentine Malbec is about seven years into a golden run during which exports to the United States have grown exponentially year after year. Below are our ten?top-rated and our top ten value Argentine Malbecs from?2009.
Beefy berry and iodine aromas never reach much of a high point, while this Malbec feels big, bulky and sort of flabby. Savory spice and generic berry flavors finish with notes of oak and salt.?MICHAEL SCHACHNER