The recession that began in 2008 on Wall Street and spread like wildfire across the globe forced many wineries to confront reality and cut sales projections.

Argentina thrived, however, buoyed by a spike in the popularity of its signature grape, Malbec. The country experienced the most significant period of success since its immigrant-led wine industry first went commercial in the late 19th century.

By and large, winery owners and winemakers express confidence about the quality of what they are putting in the bottle, especially their Malbecs and red blends. Pricing remains favorable compared to other wine-producing countries, they point out, and quality wines populate all product ranges, from the under-$15 category to the middle and prestige tiers.

If there remains an underlying fear, it’s that Argentina could be branded a one-trick pony, as Malbec has become the country’s lifeblood. Thus, it’s vital that Argentina and its major wine-producing regions, including Mendoza, Patagonia, Salta and San Juan, maintains its status as the world’s leading Malbec producer.

Alta Vista 2011 Temis Single Vineyard Malbec (Uco Valley)

Heady stuff, with aromas of blackberry and boysenberry. The palate feels concentrated and rich, while jammy black-fruit flavors finish tight and with structure. Drink through 2018. Kobrand.


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