2009 Benmarco Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1069162 92 points James Suckling

 Yummy and super rich with bright acidity. Full and rich, with toasted oak, chocolate and coffee. This is very long and continues to develop.  (3/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Blended with 10% Bonarda; spice box, incense, lavender, black cherry; rich, plush palate.  (12/2010)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 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.  (2/2011)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright ruby. Aromatic nose combines blueberry, licorice pastille, violet and sexy oak. Supple, sweet and perfumed on the palate, offering good breadth and finishing with suave tannins. This juicy, persistent wine offers early appeal.  (2/2011)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2011 | Send Email
Winemaker Susan Balbo (of Crios fame) is the mind behind Benmarco. The wine is back in form in a big way in 2009, a very successful vintage in Mendoza. Big, explosive black cherry and blackberry aromas kick things off in typical Argentine malbec fashion. On the palate, the wine is expressive, exuberant even, with lively fruit flavors, a rich but fresh presence and very solid depth. Sourcing excellent quality fruit from Alto Agrelo, Ugarteche, Altamira and a few other important sub-zones, Susana employs an elevage combining new French and once used American oak, which frame the flavors of the wine, add some spice and provide textural richness in the mid-palate. This would be terrific with your choice of protein, though a leg of lamb, marinated with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, coriander and bay leaf would be the way I would go!

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14