Top Rated Malbec Wines to Drink

By Gayot Editors

12. Piedra Negra

2008 Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$30 | Rating: 14.5/20

This robust, full-bodied Malbec boasts complex black fruit flavors with earthy and peppery notes.

13. South Coast Winery

2009 Carter Estate Malbec
Temecula Valley, CA
$38 | Rating: 14.5/20

This full-bodied red wine displays concentrated black fruit flavors with herbal notes and supple tannins.

14. Viña Alicia

2008 Brote Negro Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$90| Rating: 14.5/20

This full-bodied Malbec boasts intense blackberry and mineral flavors with hints of licorice and violet and supple tannins. 230 cases.

15. Famiglia Bianchi

2003 Malbec
San Rafael, Argentina
$18 | Rating: 14/20

An import from San Rafael, Argentina, this deep purple-red wine is a true expression of the lushly intense Malbec varietal. Great care was taken in producing this wine, with its hand-picked grapes, classic fermentation and an aging process of more than 12 months. The wine has deep concentrations of fruit, with hints of plums, cherries, berries and spice. On the palate, the aromas play up even more, adding a soft but full-bodied feel and a long finish. Because of its intensity, the wine pairs best with a number of foods, but we recommend trying it with red meats and sharp cheeses, as well as letting it age a bit.

16. Recuerdo

2010 Malbec
Uco Valley, Argentina
$22 | Rating: 14/20

Blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah, this spicy Malbec features damson plum and blackberry flavors, earthy notes and firm tannins.

17. Tikal

2010 Natural
Mendoza, Argentina
$20 | Rating: 14/20

Made entirely from organically-grown Malbec grapes, this full-bodied red wine offers raspberry and cherry flavors with a hint of mocha.

18. Trapiche

2004 Malbec Vina Carlos Gei Berra Single Vineyard Lunlunta
Mendoza, Argentina
$35 | Rating: 14/20

This wine, best enjoyed with food, has a chemical nose. Pairs well with red meat.

19. Valentin Bianchi

2005 Elsa Malbec
San Rafael, Argentina
$7 | Rating: 14/20

A rich, weighty mouth feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Pairs well with salmon or other flavorful fish.

20. Viña Alicia

2009 Las Compuertas Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina
$30 | Rating: 14/20

Many of the most highly rated Malbecs, including this Viña Alicia offering, come from Luján de Cuyo. Designated as Mendoza’s first appellation in 1993, Luján de Cuyo is a cool, high altitude region in the foothills of the Andes. The 2009 Las Compuertas 100% Malbec is a dense, full-bodied and unfiltered wine. It features dark, earthy flavors such as blackberry, fig and mocha with hints of sweet baking spice on the finish. Firm tannins provide depth and structure. Food Pairings: steak, pork loin, sausage.

21. Viu Manent

2007 San Carlos Estate Malbec
Colchagua Valley, Chile
$15 | Rating: 14/20

This dense purple wine delivers aromas of plum and fig followed by flavors of dark chocolate and mocha; The finish lingers.