2008 Trapiche "Vina Villafane" Malbec La Consulta

SKU #1347338 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Malbec Single Vineyard Vina Federico Villafane also spent 18 months in new French oak. It is purple/black in color with an already complex nose of spicy black fruits, earth notes, and floral aromas. In the glass it reveals slightly more depth and concentration than the Cristina y Bibiana cuvee as well as splendid balance, volume, and length. Give it 5-6 years of cellaring and drink it from 2016 to 2028. (JSM)  (12/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dense, inky and sweet on the nose, with cassis, melted Swiss chocolate and well-integrated spice aromas. The palate has size and acidity, with toasty, creamy flavors of baked black fruits and coconut. Long on the finish, with vanilla and mocha; ripe, delicious and potent. *Editors' Choice* (MS)  (8/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (from 13-year-old vines; 15% alcohol): Saturated ruby. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice pastille, mocha and dark chocolate on the oaky nose Tight, high-pitched and intense, with almost peppery acidity giving a penetrating quality to the black fruit flavors. This wine has good creamy depth but will need several years of aging for its serious tannic structure to begin to yield. The long finish displays a slightly candied quality. All three of these single-vineyard malbecs spent 18 months in new French barriques. (ST)  (3/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A broad, dark, well-toasted style, delivering alluring cocoa, fig and espresso aromas and flavors laced with graphite, black tea and anise notes. Dense but nicely detailed on the finish, as the toasty edge lingers. (JM)  (8/2011)

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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.