Everyone knows the best Malbecs in the world are produced in Argentina, right? What you may not know is that Argentina produces outstanding wines of all varietals in all tiers of wine.
Everyone knows the best Malbecs in the world are produced in Argentina, right? What you may not know is that Argentina produces outstanding wines of all varietals in all tiers of wine. This could explain why Argentina is the world's 5th largest producer of wine by volume with lots of opportunity to increase its consumption in the rest of the world particularly here in the U.S.!
Argentina has a vast and unique terroir running along the eastern border with Chile and the lower levels of the Andes mountain. This location means grapes are grown at higher altitudes with varying microclimates and unique soils that rely on the meltwater supplied by the Andes rather than the ocean mists and rains in most wine growing regions of the world. The air is clean being far from any major cities, the climate is dry, and growing season has hot days and very cool nights; ideal for growing quality grapes.
Finca La Malena features three of the most prominent and unique varietals from Argentina. In addition to the Malbec, the family includes Bonarda and Torrontés. Bonarda is the second most common grape harvested in Argentina and is commonly known as "Douce Noir" or "Charbono". It is typically a lighter and fruity wine, full of cherry and plum flavors. Torrontés is native to and grown only in Argentina so it truly represents the region. It has a flowery aroma but more fruity flavors. Although the aroma suggests a very sweet wine the pleasant surprise is in the refreshing acidity.
Lucky Frog is a family of wine primarily for casual everyday drinking either with meals or company. Naturally Lucky Frog includes a Malbec but it also includes two varietals that can be found anywhere but create outstanding wines when grown in the soil and climate of Argentina. There is a rich and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. The fourth varietal, Pedro Ximinez, is of Spanish origin and used mostly for blending in Argentina which brings us to the Lucky Frog Blanco. The Blanco is a 50/50 blend of the Pedro Ximinez and Torrontés resulting in a uniquely tasting glass of lightly fruity, refreshing and easily drinkable white wine.
Special Wines for Special Times
Both of the wines here are from small, family run, boutique wineries in the Mendoza region. There are times that are not everyday times. Those special times deserve special wines and these are two of those wines.
Suipacha Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2007 from the Otero Ramos family is an award winning Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals this varietal from even the best regions. The family winery is located in the Primera Zona in Mendoza's Luján de Cuyo where some of the best Argentine wines are produced.
Winner - Silver Medal 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
The wine itself is full-bodied and structured red with spicy aromas, dark chocolate and coffee grain notes. Download the Product Sheet
FG Malbec Ícono 2010 from the Giaquinta family is one of those truly remarkable Malbecs that will have you ways of finding more special times to keep returning to this wine.