Drink.  Learn.  Laugh.  Repeat.

Welcome Back!Sign in here:

Not Registered?Become one of our thirsty clan 315,492 strong:

Register Today!

Alamos Malbec 2013 Wine Review

Alamos Malbec 2013

Alamos Malbec 2013

Mendoza, Argentina

Community Score:86/100

Community Reviews: 9

  Add My Review

Price: $13.90

Drink: 2013-2016

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Alamos

Agent: E&J Gallo Winery Canada Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 88/100

Oustanding value from this Argentine red wine made from the country's iconic Malbec grape. Smoky with black fruit. Pair with grilled pork chops.

Best Beef Wine

This Alamos Malbec 2013 was reviewed on May 20, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

More Vintages: 2016  2015  2012  2017  2010 

  Add New Vintage

Pricing & Stock Information

  • 467951
  • $10.50 
  • 4,634 bottles
Richmond Brighouse144 Add
8th & Cambie125 Add
Alberni & Bute91 Add
39th & Cambie90 Add
Nicola Station80 Add
See More Edit

Reviews and Ratings

Steve Kubota rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:


This is the fourth wine being reviewed in a series of five tasted at a luncheon with Alamos winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and brand ambassador Tatiana Nessier. All of these wines are available in Canada but not all are available in every province.

During our greetings and introductions, I poked fun at Felipe about a quote he makes on the Alamos website: “Malbec and Mendoza are a marriage made in heaven! Our beautiful high altitude climate produces Malbec that are rich, exuberant and full of character.” Having spent time tasting Malbec with Felipe and Tatiana it is easy to catch their enthusiasm and love they show for their wine. Yes indeed. High altitude produced Malbec wines from Mendoza are often a heavenly and heady combination.

From the winery:

A classically Argentine wine, our Alamos Malbec blends the deeply concentrated plum flavours of the country’s signature variety – Malbec – with small portions of Syrah and Bonarda to add dark cherry and blackberry flavours. Well-integrated hints of brown spice and vanilla contribute layers of complexity. A full structure, firm tannins and a long finish make this Malbec unforgettable.

Winemaking Notes:

The grapes four our Malbec were handpicked, destemmed and crushed. Prior to fermentation, the must was cold soaked for 72-hours. Fermentation occurred in upright and conical tanks for one week at 85F/29.5C. Throughout fermentation, this wine underwent malolactic fermentation to create a round mouthfeel before eight months of aging in a combination of French and American oak.

My Tasting Notes:

The wine is a dark ruby red and opens with a generous if not lush aromas of plum and cheery. It is followed with a swath of sweet black plum, currant and a touch of vanilla and spice on the palette. There is an elegant quality to this wine that is perfectly balanced. The Syrah (6%) and Bonarda (4%) components have brought on additional brightness and liveliness. This Malbec shows excellent quality for the price (QPR).

Tasted on May 12, 2015
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Remarkable value in this delicious Mendoza Malbec. Fragrant nose and yummy dark cassis, blackberry, vanilla and mocha on the palate. Long finish with dark berries and mocha. Great with grilled pork chops.
Brent Gushowaty rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Medium, with cherry rim.

Preserved plum and darker fruits, some charcoal/tar.

Clean, rounded dark fruit flavours, some tartness, plum. Dusty black fruit with some charcoal notes. Longish finish, Approachable soft tannins. Relatively straight forward Malbec but great value.

Value Rating: 92

Other Information:
Has small portions of Syrah (6%) and Bonarda (4%) in the blend. Spent eight months in French and American oak.

Date Tasted: May 12, 2015

Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Bright red fruit most prominent on the nose, pepper and oak are more subtle on this Malbec. Medium tannin, fruit and pepper come through on the palate. Medium finish. Try this with BBQ'ed burgers.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:

Spiciness up front with some tart cherry, a bit of vegetal aroma, and some chocolate. The taste is tart, spicy cherry and pum with some young-ish tannins.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:

Green pepper and oak on the nose. The flavor has sour cherry, chocolate and plum.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 82/100 with the following review:

Raspberry plum jam, vanilla extract, graphite and not much else on the nose. Lighter body than I'd like to enjoy in a Malbec. The acidity is a bit thin and not very pleasant with the young tannins.

1 Member would buy this wine again

If you liked the Alamos Malbec 2013, you might also like these wines:



Join me in a free online video class to learn the secrets to perfect pairings.

Wine of the Week

As featured on  

CTV Wine of the Week!

Duquesa de Valladolid White Wine
Verdejo 2020,
Rueda D.O. ...

Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean offers North America's most popular online wine and food pairing classes. She was named the World's Best Drinks Writer at the World Food Media Awards in Australia.

Natalie has published two books with Random House, both selected as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year.

Join 315,492 thirsty wine lovers who get access to all of her wine reviews by becoming a member of her site. Take a free online pairing class with her here.



Know the wines you want before you even get to the store with my wine reviews. Join now. It's free.

Red, White & Drunk All Over

  Best Books of the Year

Red, White & Drunk all over by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean writes about wine with a sensuous obsession... and often laugh-out-loud funny... Terrific.

Rex Pickett, Sideways

Ms. MacLean is the disarming Everywoman. She loves wine, loves drinking ... ultimately, it's a winning formula.

Eric Asimov, The New York Times


Access my reviews on mobile with the bar code scanner.


Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search

  Best Books of the Year

Unquenchable by Natalie MacLean

Natalie MacLean is a new force in the wine writing world ‐ a feisty North American answer to Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. She can write beautifully about wine.

The Financial Times of London

There are very few people in the wine world who "get it" and Natalie is one of those who brings more fun to a buttoned-up and stodgy game.

Gary Vaynerchuck, Wine Library TV

Starting a Wine Cellar?

Expert advice for all budgets

Insider tips on starting a wine cellar
From wine racks to underground caves, insider tips on size and space, number of bottles, ideal conditions and reputable resources.   learn more  




Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award