Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2020, $9.99
It’s no secret that Americans have grown more and more thirsty for wine over the years, total wine consumption The volume roughly doubled from 565 million gallons in 2020 to 1.1 billion gallons in 2021, according to the Wine Institute. It’s no secret that Americans don’t like to spend a lot of money on wine: One survey found that 68% opt for a bottle priced at $20 or less.
So what should Americans consider drinking, especially if they want to celebrate the upcoming National Wine Day on August 28?
In my opinion, there is a very clear answer: Argentine Malbec. If you must choose a less expensive option, I recommend Oak Cast Malbec at Trapiche Winery.
Malbec is a European variety – it’s used to label red Bordeaux wines – but it’s recently been closely associated with Argentina. It is known for producing dark wines—ones that “appeal to consumers from a color standpoint,” says Trapiche winemaker Sergio Eduardo Casé—with rich flavors (especially black fruit). All in all, I would say that Malbec is a very American wine – approachable, a little daring, and suitable for all kinds of food.
The history of Malbec’s Argentina dates back to the 19th century. According to Casey, this is a grape that grows well in the country, especially because of the warm and dry conditions. Production has really taken off over the past few decades, as the country’s brewers use it to break into the U.S. market, especially for lower-priced bottles.
Trapiche, a family with a history dating back to 1883, is no exception to this trend. It produces Malbec at various price levels, up to about $100. At $9.99, Oak Cask is less expensive, which may explain why it’s Trapiche’s best-selling wine. In the US alone, Trapichi sells 120,000 cases a year.
Our opinion on this
This may be an exaggeration, but I have a hard time thinking about my recent Favorite $10 wine than Trapiche Oak Cask. It hits all the delicious flavors—you’ll get blackberries and plums, the label says—without overwhelming your taste buds. If you want a more refined, deeper Malbec, you can bump up the price and try the Trapiche Gran Medalla for $29.99.
How to enjoy it
Oak barrels go well with many foods, the Trapichi team says. Try grilled meats, pastas, or semi-hard cheeses.