Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | February 21, 2010

2008 Alamos Malbec – What A Value Red Should Taste Like

It seems these days that Malbec’s are all the rage. Nearly every restaurant’s wine list has been beefed up to offer a variety of this popular grape and several major retailers have even begun to set aside entire sections of their wine isle to the varietal.

Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, Malbec was previously best known as one of the six grapes allowed for blending in Bordeaux vintages. Today of course we all know and love the stand alone offerings of Malbec that have become the hallmark of the Argentinean wine industry.

With so many new Malbec’s flooding the market these days it can be a bit daunting sifting through the quality value wines and the overpriced subpar bottles that have been rushed in to flood the discount wine market in the U.S. The good news for those willing to be adventurous is that there are a lot of very nice and very affordable Malbec’s waiting for you to take home.

And that brings us to one of my favorite widely available value Malbec’s on the shelf today: The 2008 Alamos Malbec. In my opinion, this is one of the better under $10 bottles of wine available today. It is not only drinkable, it is an entirely enjoyable bottle of wine.

The 2008 Alamos Malbec is to be imbibed right out of the bottle (it does open up nicely after a few minutes but it is also a great drink straight from the bottle slightly chilled at 55 degrees). The dark red color and slight berry flavors typical of the Malbec are in abundance – balanced well with a nice nose and not too dry yet not too sweet smooth flavor.

For around $8 at your local grocery store, Costco or wine merchant, the 2008 Alamos Malbec is a great starter for those looking to become more familiar with the grape as well as for those looking for a budget crowd pleaser for every day wine enjoyment.

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  1. Dallas you are right this is a great malbec for the money. 90 points from W.E.

    • I was inspired today to actually hit the wine store and pick up about 10 different Malbecs all around the same price to get a broader appreciation for this wine. should be fun. Do you have any favorites in the value price?

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  6. Good recommendation on the Alamos Malbec. I’ve also tried their Mendoza Seleccion Malbec and find that I like the lower cost basic Malbec better.

    • ill give it a try as well. any other good recs?

  7. […] From the review…“In my opinion, this is one of the better under $10 bottles of wine available today. It is not only drinkable, it is an entirely enjoyable bottle of wine. The 2008 Alamos Malbec is to be imbibed right out of the bottle (it does open up nicely after a few minutes but it is also a great drink straight from the bottle slightly chilled at 55 degrees). The dark red color and slight berry flavors typical of the Malbec are in abundance – balanced well with a nice nose and not too dry yet not too sweet smooth flavor. For around $8 at your local grocery store, Costco or wine merchant, the 2008 Alamos Malbec is a great starter for those looking to become more familiar with the grape as well as for those looking for a budget crowd pleaser for every day wine enjoyment.”  http://thecorkscrooge.com/2010/02/21/2008-alamos-malbec-what-a-value-red-should-taste-like/ […]

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