This Malbec vineyard is in the Mendoza region of Argentina
Malbec’s characteristics vary greatly depending on where it is gown and how it is transformed. Generally it produces a light style, well colored sweet wine that tastes of plums, berries, and spice. Malbec wines mature quickly and are best consumed young. Malbec grapes are usually blended with other varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot, and Petit Verdot to make Bordeaux style wines, in which their role is to add color, fruit, and acidity. Malbec reaches its peak of excellence in the wines of St Emilion and Graves. Try a Malbec-based Bordeaux with large Game, Beef Stew, Duck, Goose, or Liver.
Argentine Malbec starts at about $6-8 a bottle, while French Malbec starts at about twice the price. Is it worth paying extra for the French wine? That's really up to you. In part the price differential is because Malbec is easy to grow in Argentina and hard to grow in France. The Aldos Las Hormigas Mendoza Malbec is a fairly good Argentinian Malbec that runs about $11. It boasts dark berries and exotic spices with silky tannins and a long finish. Get it if you can. By the way, it has 14.6% alcohol. For about $20 you might want to try the Clos Roche Blanche Touraine "Cuvée Côt" that has plummy fruit and ground pepper enveloped by crisp acidity and soft tannins. In case you didn't know, Touraine is in France's Loire Valley, and not in Bordeaux.