Family reunions? Friends’ gatherings? When we have to uncork several bottles, numbers do count. In this context, when reunions are crowded, we tend to look for labels that have a good value for money. Here is a list of four wines under ARS30 that will not let you down.
Portillo Malbec 2010 – Salentein - ARS25.90
Salentein’s entry level range cannot be missing on your table. We tend not to comment on color on these kinds of lists; however, it is worth stopping on this detail: this wine is very bright and has a deep purplish-black color. On the nose it is a handbook, young Malbec in which red fruit predominates. In the mouth it is juicy, and in spite of its young style, it has an interesting volume. Tannins have a slight presence and they are not astringent. This elegance is very much appreciated in this range of wines. Besides, the beautiful and good-quality label takes some credit.
Marcus Malbec 2011 –Humberto Canale – ARS27
This Malbec embodies the essence of the Patagonia, and therefore, its virtues: on the nose it is intense; predominance of fruits and floral notes. In the mouth it is juicy and extremely delicate with pleasant acidity that turns refreshing. Its tannins are well-achieved what makes it very friendly. This is a plus point considering that this wine is a 2011 vintage. If you feel the need of finding new edges in a Malbec, do not experiment with wines from Patagonia. These wines will give you an example of the potential of the region at a very attractive price. In order to integrate this wine with its gastronomic culture, pair it with roasted lamb.
Novecento Malbec 2011 – Dante Robino – ARS22
One of the high scores of the list. Interesting entry level wine of the winery located in Luján de Cuyo. It is a wine with a good aromatic flow in which black fruit dominates; intense, with no hints of those annoying herbal aromas that are frequently found in young, voluminous wines. In the mouth, tannins are tamed and docile, but without leaving aside personality. In spite of being a young wine, it is quite meaty. Pleasant finish and medium persistence. In crowded meetings where many bottles are uncorked to accompany barbecues or pizzas, this wine is a blessing.
Valbona Malbec 2009 – Augusto Pulenta – ARS20
This wine made by the San Juan winery Augusto Pulenta is clearly a young wine, not shrilly, with a minimalist concept. Simplicity is one of its virtues. On the nose it is attractive with the expected fruity aromas predominance. In the mouth it is frank, with proper tannins and controlled acidity, delivering a short, but very pleasant, subtle finish. This wine is not overloaded and its simplicity, when finishing the glass, is praiseworthy. For this reason- even though this wine perfectly adapts to a barbecue- it can be a good partner to appetizers while lighting the fire.