2007 Trapiche "Broquel" Malbec

SKU #1052119

91 points from the Wine Enthusiast: "A stacked wine with deep fruit on the nose as well as notes of orange peel and graham cracker. With its lush palate of sweet blackberry and plum flavors, this pours on the stoutness that Argentine Malbec is known for. A real-deal wine with size and balance. Maybe the best Broquel Malbec to date." (11/09) And, according to Wine Spectator: "Racy dark raspberry ganache and boysenberry notes are laced with fig cake and graphite. Toasty, but stays fresh. Very solid. Drink now." (11/09) Trapiche's "Broquel" bottling is its best value proposition. For a ten spot and four dollar bills, you get a very representative Malbec that is both satisfyingly rich and fruity, but structured as well. Boysenberry, blackberry, plum and pumpkin bread aromas are effusive. While the wine has seen 15 months of oak aging, there is still plenty of fresh fruit, with balanced acidity, fleshy bing cherry flavors, and a finish that hangs on the palate. There is very little not to like about this solid value red. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.