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2012 Trapiche Malbec

March 27, 2014 - Norman Bentley

2012 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec

I have always been known as a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, and I always felt like it was a special treat when I was invited to judge Cabs at wine festivals. However, during the last ten years I have also become a big fan of Malbec, which is no surprise, since its origins are also from the Bordeaux. The Malbecs from Argentina are especially attractive, since they showcase all of the wonderful qualities of Malbec, with an extremely attractive price range. This 2012 Oak Cask Malbec from Trapiche is an excellent example of quality and value in the same bottle.

This one grabs your nose as soon as you open the bottle with aromas of dark fruit and spice. The color is rich and dark, more purple than red. The flavors abound with blueberries and currants, and an underscore of cherry, highlighted by spicy, earthy nuances. The finish is long and clean, with a little vanilla, mixed with mellow oak and mild tannins, imparted by the nine months spent in the barrel. The alcohol content is 14%.

The Trapiche was a perfect companion for our thick fillet, seared medium rare, and matched with a crisp green salad. This wine would be a great companion for almost any meat dish, and would complement red-sauced pastas as well. Norm's score is 91.

Score: 91

Price: $10 -$14


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