2008 Trapiche "Vina Coletto" Malbec Tupungato

SKU #1124567 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Malbec Single Vineyard Vina Cristina y Bibiana Coletto spent 18 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it sports an already complex bouquet of pain grille, mineral, spice box, lavender, and black cherry. Dense and opulent on the palate, this layered effort gracefully combines elegance and power. Give it 4-5 years to fully open and drink it from 2015 to 2028.  (12/2011)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011* A little bit hickory-dominated on the bouquet, but also giving balsamic notes, blackberry and chocolate mint. The palate is linear due to a streak of cutting acidity, while the palate is also snappy with wild raspberry and bright plum flavors and plenty of wood tannin. A toasty finish with espresso and chocolate is fine and long. Drink now through 2017.  (8/2011)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Complex aromas of blackberry, black plum, violet pastille and licorice complemented by a wild forest floor scent and building oak. Quite vibrant but youthfully closed, with a strong herbal/spicy character contributing to the impression of spine. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and strong spicy oak and cola notes. Plenty of energy here, with a restrained sweetness. 90(+?) points  (3/2012)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2013 | Send Email
From one of the oldest wineries in Argentina, still family owned. Showing bottle notes of stewed cherry, red plum, bits of cassis, rich, ripe, medium plus tannin & medium plus acid. Well-balanced, elegant and a great transition for folks wanting to try new varietals who might be very used to Californian fruit. Fun!

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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 (%): 14.5