Friday Wine Tasting… Malbec

April 20, 2012
Wine of the Week…
BenMarco Malbec 2009
On a recent trip out east to the Hamptons we planned a night in where we made dinner and picked up a few interesting bottles of wine, one of my favorite ways to start the weekend!  And out of the wines we tried this one really stood out.  At just under $20 a bottle it is a great deal.
I would love to know if anyone has tried any other great bottles that we should try.  I am always searching for new labels.
Happy Friday!  Cheers!
What the Experts are Saying…
winemaker’s notes:
Beautiful deep purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. It is lush, full bodied and penetrating on the palate with loads of chewy, currant jam flavors, bright acidity, and a touch of grip on the almost savory finish. This wine really unfolds with some air so try not to slurp it down in a rush, and it shows why the Argentine people are in love with Malbec. Some Bonarda was blended in for greater complexity and to achieve better balance. Pairs well with a wide range of foods including beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
critical acclaim:
“Yummy and super rich with bright acidity. Full and rich, with toasted oak, chocolate and coffee. This is very long and continues to develop.”

92 Points

James Suckling

“Blended with 10% Bonarda; spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry; rich, plush palate.”

91 Points

The Wine Advocate

“An international style of red, this gracefully combines ripe red fruit and the toasty flavors of oak. Impressively balanced, this has a kind of tannic energy that extends the fruit flavor and keeps it fresh through a juicy, lightly spiced finish.”

90 Points

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