2014 Benmarco Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1342723 93 points James Suckling

 A savory and juicy wine with blackberry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Rich tannin texture gives linear definition.  (5/2016)

91 points Decanter

 Bright and floral on the nose, this has youthful dark fruit as well as prunes and earthy tones. Lean and fine textured in the mouth. The fruit is a little sweet but there are nice ripe strawberry flavours and a flower laden finish.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As it was the case with the 2013, the 2014 Benmarco Malbec was produced with grapes from vineyards in Los Chacayes in the Valle de Uco and produced with as little intervention as possible, following the ideas of vineyard manager Edgardo del Popolo. The bunches were manually sorted, destemmed softly and the grapes fermented with daily pigeage with a maceration of 20 days. It matured in used French oak barrels for one year. There are notes of ripe plums and dark cherries, with a fresher palate and fine tannins, good balance and a dry, mineral finish. The riper notes turned more floral with time in the glass. It's an impressive 2014, especially for the price. (LG) 90+  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Another label from Susana Balbo's Dominio del Plata, Benmarco makes excellent value Malbec and Cabernet based wines. The Malbec comes from Los Chacayes in Argentina's Uco Valley, and is steered by the terroir insights and winemaking know how of one of Argentina's foremost experts in Edy del Popolo.

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Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2018 | Send Email
I drank this with a friend recently and it made me wonder why I don't drink Malbec more often. Plummy and dark-fruited with notes of chocolate and earth this is not overly fruity and lacks any aggressive tannic edge. This is very smooth and (too) easy to drink. Great value Malbec that shows more finesse than many in this price range.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2018 | Send Email
From the gravelly, sandy loam soils of the high-elevation Valle de Uco comes the new vintage of Benmarco's entry-level Malbec. Unlike so many others at this price point, this Malbec shows balance and restraint following the minimal intervention philosophy of vineyard manager Edgardo del Popolo. There is a lifted quality here that keeps it surprisingly fleet-footed, while maintaining a deep, round expression of Malbec.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2018 | Send Email
One of my favorite go-to Malbecs! Great black and blue fruits, fresh floral bouquet of violets and just a hint of minerality. Super smooth with just the right amount of acidity and tannins. Perfect whisper of oak from a year in neutral barrels. This is such a slam dunk with any grilled meat or BBQ!!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2018 | Send Email
This is more than just a great value red. It is an affordable introduction to mountain fruit wine. Now, we can say that about most Mendoza wine, but this behaves like mountain wine from other regions in the world for a 5th of the price. From the heights of Los Chacayes in the Uco Valley at 3300 feet with alluvial soils are made up of rocks, sand, silt, and limestone. Its elevation and soils are definitely translated into this wine, I wish that could be said about wines from other mountainous regions, but I digress. This wine has lifted aromatics; focused berry, floral tones, and minerality. The palate is structured but not oppressive, this is a wine for tonight, not a decade from now. The flavors are more complex than the nose and enhanced with soft tannins and fresh acidity. A wine that was made to be drunk with gusto but also has a story to tell.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2018 | Send Email
This is a great full bodied wine at an amazing price! Sandalwood, Tobacco, sweet blueberry jam on toasted brioche, and a hint of herb on the nose. On the palate, I was struck with Juicy, ripe boysenberry and raspberry. This wine was so balanced and the finish was not in a hurry to quit.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
The quality and elegance on display in this Malbec had me guessing it was MUCH more expensive. It showed very supple, rich blue and black fruit with a balancing freshness from notes of minty herbs and black licorice. Structure is on point with graceful acidity and texturally ripe tannins. A great example of why South American Malbecs are the world's most famous.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
The folks at Benmarco have delivered another brooding, powerhouse Malbec in 2014! This full bodied, dark, potent Malbec has slick tobacco like oak and rich black fruit. If you like powerful Napa Cabernet, but are tired of paying the exorbitant prices, this is a great alternative.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/13/2018 | Send Email
We have been carrying this label for quite a while now and it has always been one of those reliable "go to" wines that pretty much everyone likes. Lush nose of boysenberry and blackberry, with a slight herbal note. Also lush and full on the palate with dark berry and black cherry fruit. Nice, clean, mineral laden finish that is a surprise. I have come to expect nothing less from Susana Balbo. Both this series and her own "Susana Balbo" line have always been outstanding.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
I can see why this earned the trifecta of solid reviews: there is simply a lot to like in this vintage of Benmarco. While the wine does not disappoint fans of Malbec and fans of fruit-forward wines with its rich, forward and plummy fruit, there is more going on than initially meets the palate. Iron-like minerality, pleasant spice, and very well integrated oak round out the palate with complexity and appealing style. A tasty value Malbec that's ready to drink!

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Varietal:

Malbec

- 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.
Country:

Argentina

- 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