2010 Trapiche "Broquel" Malbec

SKU #1128045 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Minty and toasty upfront, this is layered with blackberry, licorice, leather and toast aromas. It feels raring and ready to go, courtesy of firm acidity and good overall framing. Flavors of wild berry are bright, with herb and oak accents. Long, toasty and solid on the finish.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

This is a very complete, balanced, slightly boisterous yet still well enough behaved Malbec for the money! Spicy and sweet blackberry aromas lead to a palate full of darker and purple skinned fruits, with a really juicy and surprisingly bright quality to them; there is sufficient acidity to the wine that you cannot fault its freshness, which nicely balances out the flavors attainted from ageing in French oak. As with many of our Malbec offers of late, this is sourced primarily from vineyards high up in the Uco Valley, about 1.5 hours southwest of Mendoza. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2013 | Send Email
This is delicious Malbec! Fruit forward, with plum confit flavors, hints of licorice and subtly spicy, toasty accents. The tannins are smooth and nicely balanced, making this equally ready for a pre-dinner glass or the dinner table.

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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.