Favorite Malbec Wines for Winter

Perfect for Winter – Our Staff Picks their Favorite Malbec Wines

 

Winter has finally arrived. It seems only right we start with Malbec wines since we are in robust reds season. We asked our sales staff to round up their favorites and here’s what we heard from Carrie Shaw, Sam Davies, Sara Sparks, Lee Becker, Bambi Ray, Josh Mizrahi, and Steven Bowles.

Zuccardi, Serie A, Malbec – 2013
This Malbec is surprisingly bright on the palate considering its dark ruby and purple color. Appealing baked blackberry notes with medium/medium-plus acidity and full, supple texture. A great bottle for $12.99, and a fairly new arrival to the store. – CS

Cahors “Les Camille” Vieilles Vignes, Clos Siguier – 2012
Savory and delicious! This full-bodied Malbec shows its old world origin with bold earthiness and herbal notes. Its rounded tannin and acid structure makes for a very tasty find at a great price. – CS

Doña Silvina, “Fresh” Malbec – 2013
This is pressed using carbonic maceration, which greatly boosts its aromatics and freshens the fruit on the palate. You don’t have to dig your nose in too far to find freshly roasted coffee and blackberry compote. I wish I could turn this Malbec wine into a Yankee Candle. – SD

Weinert, Malbec – 2006
Been friends with Malbec wines a long time? Are you looking for a simple way to bring new depth to your old Mendoza routine? As fun as the tryst may be, it’s easy to grow accustomed to the fruit and flare of young Malbec wines. With 10 years under its belt, this aged bottling from Weinert is what to seek if your relationship needs rekindling. Expect a mellow wine that is sophisticated for heavy dishes and dinner parties and priced just south of $25. – SS

Jelu, Malbec – 2011
If they aren’t already, Jelu should be one of your go-to estates for affordable-yet-delicious wines. Their 2011 Malbec is no exception to the rule! Loads of juicy plums on the palate with hints of smoke and spice. Try it with pulled pork sandwiches. – LB

La Rousse, Malbec – 2014
If you think that Malbec wines are too jammy or tannic, try a glass of the La Rousse 2014 Malbec. I was delighted by all of the elements in this bottle. It shows well-balanced notes of black plums and blackcurrants, cassis, herbs, and a hint of pepper. The fruit is not overly ripe, nor is it too chewy or dense. I would pair this with savory dishes or a pork roast. – BR

Shinn Estate “Wild Boar Doe” – 2012
The nose on this blend is feminine and pretty, showing currants and other dark fruits. On the palate it is fruit forward, but structured with well-integrated oak and baking spices. The finish offers lingering hints of vanilla—a delightful surprise and one of my favorite Malbec wines. – BR

L’Atypic de Peybonhomme, Côtes de Bordeaux – 2012
If you like Malbec wines, give this one a try. It’s an atypical blend from a great organic producer in Côtes de Bordeaux. The Malbec and Cabernet Franc see no oak aging which keeps the wine bright and juicy with a nice firm, dry finish. The berries from the Malbec and the earthy brambles from the Cabernet Franc combine to make this fun but expressive glass of wine perfect with all kinds of food. I would suggest starting with a hearty winter salad with smoked salmon but especially the typical country cuisine of southwest France, cassoulet and duck confit. – JM

Cahors, Ch. de Haute-Serre – 2011
In the 1970s, nearly a century after phylloxera, the family Vigouroux decided to take the time to clear vegetation and replant with historically relevant grape varieties such as Malbec. Appealing dark fruit, an elderberry-liqueur-like note, and spicy, herbaceous brush give a classic introduction to the character of the earth in this AOC. Fresh vanilla cream with a dusting of nutmeg and cinnamon from the partial new-oak resting. On the palate I experienced ripe fruit, balanced acidity, and a dry wine with nice grippy tannin that begs for a well-marbled steak from the grill. – SB