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!