To celebrate World Malbec Day appropriately, we decided to revel with the best of them, in a civilized way of course, at the LCBO Vintages Malbec World Day – Walk Around Tasting event.  The Roy Thompson Hall, in downtown Toronto, was dressed with over 20 different wine and food stations to keep the attendees well nourished for the Malbec treck they had in front of them.

Usually, for World Malbed Day I would think it fit to go into the history of the wine, but I’ve already done that, and last I check once history is written it usually doesn’t change.  So, this year I am sharing some of the notables from last nights Malbec event and while I did not get a chance to try them all, there were definate winners in our books, including some that were not… quite… Malbec’s, but still a representation of what the LCBO has to offer from Argentina.

Wines from the Vintages Malbec World Day Event- ranked as best as we could

Our standout wine for the evening

Algodon Bonarda 2008

Algodon Bonarda 2008

Talk about heaven in your glass.  I think I shamelessly went back, to the  BND wine distributors, three times to try this and each time, brought a new crowd along with me.  It’s robust, yet soft structure of complexity, holding with it tastes of dark cherry, plum, raspberry, and some smokiness. I can’t say enough about this wines smooth, medium length finish. This wine is not yet available at the LCBO, but it will be on June 8th, with an expected retail of $19.95.

Our “must get a bottle of this” mentions

Dante Robino Reserva Malbec 2009Dante Robino Reserva Malbec 2009
Robust dry wine with a medium to long finish, filled with plum, cherries and vanilla.  Well tempered tannins provides a smooth experience.
Retails at the LCBO for $19.95

 

 

 

Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet SauvignonSanta Julia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aged in French oak, giving you that vanilla taste, along with cherries, and some bell pepper.  Will make for good every day sipper
Retails at the LCBO for $12.95

 

 

Juan Benegas Malbec 2010Juan Benegas Malbec 2010
Though this one is not yet available at the LCBO, it is on our list to remember. Moderate tannins coupled with ripe red fruit made this a smooth drinking experience.
Will retail at the LCBO for $14.95, release date June 22, 2013

 

 

Sur De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2010Sur De Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2010
That stylish label hides behind it a robust Malbec, filled with pepper, dark cherry, some spice and oakiness.
Will retail at the LCBO for $16.95, release date July 6, 2013

 

Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah 2010Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah 2010
Complex bevy of peppers, plum and well tempered tannins.
Retails at the LCBO for $22.95

 

 

 

Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2011Fabre Montmayou Reserva Malbec 2011
An elegant classic label for a classic showing of Malbec.
Will retail at the LCBO for $15.95, release date July 20, 2013.

 

Notable mentions

Kaiken Malbec 2011
Full bodied Malbec with hints of red fruit, tobacco and spice.
Retails at the LCBO for $14.95

Septima Septimo Dia Malbec 2011
Hints of vanilla, plum and chocolate.
Retails at the LCBO for $15.95

Nieto Senetiner Gran Reserva Malbec/Petit Verdot 2010
Notes of plum, lavendar and vanilla.
Retails at the LCBO for $17.95