World Malbec Day is April 17th, and it's the perfect excuse to celebrate one of the world's most popular varietals. Whether you're looking for a classic representation or a more local expression of the grape, we have a few ideas for what to drink on World Malbec Day.
1. Chacewater Malbec - Red Hills Lake County - 2015
91 points - 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition
Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill is family-owned and operated, located in Kelseyville, a town tucked away in Lake County, California. This limited production Malbec illustrates how well the Red Hills district can showcase this varietal. A very ripe and dense flavor gives layers of fig, blueberry, & currant.
2. Chakana Inkarri Winemaker's Reserve Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina - 2017
93 points - Tim Atkin; 90 points - Stephen Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar
From Chakana Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, a region renowned for its Malbecs, comes this expressive and fresh style. With a nose of charcoal, violet, dark berries, forest floor & spring flowers, this wine is delicate while supple and full-bodied. Single vineyard release. Powerful with a crisp finish. Made with certified organic grapes. Vegan.
3. Maison Raymond "En Mémoire du Malbec" - Bordeaux AOC - 2016
Gold Medal - Gilbert & Gaillard
Maison Raymond in Bordeaux introduced a 100% Malbec to the market in 2015 to celebrate the grape’s original heritage of France. "Bordeaux has always had Malbec in its vineyards although it is rare. This unusual wine shows how, in a fruity year, the grape can work well. The tannins are soft, giving a juicy black-fruited wine that is forward and delicious to drink now for its succulent fruit." -Wine Enthusiast Magazine
4. Powers Malbec - Columbia Valley AVA - 2016
Powers' wines creatively showcase Washington's distinctive vineyards and microclimates. Their Malbec is filled with dark rich aromas of black cherry, black pepper, currant, & wild blackberries with a touch of mint & eucalyptus on the nose. The palate explodes with rich flavors of Lambert cherry, blackberry, a touch of orange zest, fresh ginger, & a light earthiness that is balanced on the medium finish with soft round tannins. Aged 16 months in 2-year-old French oak.
5. Twisted Cedar Malbec - Lodi AVA - 2014
Twisted Cedar wines are a tribute to the Cedar Band, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. Proceeds benefit social welfare projects for non-gaming tribes. This Malbec offers soft violet & red berry on the nose, while bright cherry & dark raspberry intensify every sip. Fully resolved tannins & notes of white pepper, this wine is a perfect balance between the vivid fruit, spice, & structure. Certified Sustainable by Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.