100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
SRP of $11 and available for as low as $8. Sample submitted for review.
From the winery:
“A bright carmine red whose plum and raspberry jam aroma mingle elegantly with vanilla notes from the six months aged in French oak barrels. Well balanced, exhibits sweet tannins and a velvety finish.
An exuberant varietal ideal alongside grilled red meats, such as braised osso buco mille-feuille with grilled tomatoes and topped in a light basil sauce.
There are certain regions and varieties of wine that I consider a gift to Reverse Wine Snobs — combinations that offer tons of delicious options under $10. Spanish Garnacha is one such example. I’m beginning to think Chenin Blanc from South Africa might be another. And of course, Malbec from Mendoza is a third. And while there is a lot of very good Malbec to be found in this low price range, why settle for very good when you can have great? Yes, “great” Malbec even at less than $10! Don’t believe me? Give today’s wine a try.
The 2011 Trivento Reserve Malbec begins with wonderful aromas of ripe, dark fruit and spice along with a hint of chocolate. The wine tastes rich and spicy with an abundance of good juicy fruit, primarily black raspberry, blackberry, plum and blueberry. It might be a tad oaky when first popped but it give it a little air and the fruit really comes to the front. The excellent spice notes last all the way through the long finish. You might have a hard time making this one last until day 2, but if you have the willpower it will hold up just fine. Buy a case or two and use it as your house red!
Overall Rating: 8.3
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