Under $10 Malbec from one of the most prestigious wineries in the world, Rutas de Cafayate is hands down one of our favorite wines, crafted from high elevation vineyards in Salta! In fact, this part of northern Argentina is the highest wine growing region in the world. Sitting at 5,600ft above sea level, for comparison, the highest elevation vineyards in Napa is Atlas Peak at 2,600ft. The higher the elevation, the more direct and concentrated sunlight, less water, and more dramatic temperature shifts. These vines produce fewer, yet more concentrated berries, which in turn produces better wines. They found that when high altitude Malbec receives direct sunlight, it creates a thick, tough skin which contributes vivid color, strong tannin, and ripe flavors. All three are essential for making an age worthy wine. Don't miss this amazing value under $10!
"Hibiscus, red berries and lemon zest on the nose. Hint of raw mushroom. It’s medium-bodied with silky tannins and bright acidity. Very fresh and easy-drinking. Drink now." James Suckling, 91 Points
"The 2020 Malbec Rutas de Cafayate, from the Calchaquí Valley, was made with a little bit of stem which constrains the palate. The nose features herbs and blackcurrant. Juicy in the mouth, with a buoyant flow, fine tannins and a slightly rugged texture from the aforementioned stem that adds depth. A tasty, modern wine." Vinous Media, 90 Points