Your new rich, spicy and smooth house red, the Trivento Malbec Reserve.
100% Malbec from Lujan de Cuyo (50%) and Uco Valley (50%), Mendoza, Argentina. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 6 months and another 5 months in bottle before release. It has 2.5 g/L of residual sugar.
Sample submitted for review. The Trivento Reserve Malbec has an SRP of $11 and is available for as low as $8. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by Excelsior Wine Company.
Trivento takes its name from the three winds: Polar, Zonda and Sudestada. The god of the winds, Eolo, capriciously summons the winds that make Mendoza such a distinctive winegrowing region. A bright carmine red whose plum and raspberry jam aromas mingle elegantly with vanilla notes from the 6 months aged in French oak barrels. Well balanced, Trivento Reserve Malbec exhibits sweet tannins and a velvety finish.
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 Malbec to be found in this low price range, we're all about finding the best.
The 2016 Trivento Reserve Malbec begins with an attractive aroma of musty plum, black raspberry, spice, vanilla and mint. The medium-bodied 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, dry finish of lingering plum and tobacco notes. 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. This is pretty darn good for an $8 wine, buy a bunch and use it as your house red!
Ready to buy the Trivento Malbec Reserve? Check your local retailers.