2010 Trapiche "Broquel" Malbec
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.
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)