*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Bin Ends Wine in order to participate in the Wines of Argentina Twitter Taste Live.
Now, I”ll be the first to admit that Malbec doesn’t usually float my boat. I often find them to be overoaked, tannic beasts that just don’t seem balanced for me. (And this coming from me, well known to appreciate BIG wines.) We tried many Malbecs in the course of the Argentina Twitter Taste Lives and I found some that I really enjoyed! Including this one, the 2006 Trapiche Federico Villafane Malbec. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and I see it available for about $40.
I would pay $40 for this. I found it to be intensely concentrated with complex layers, well worth the price point in my opinion. On the nose I got blueberry compote, berries in the hot sun right off the bush, pencil lead, spice, dusty tannins, cedar spice, cloves, and chocolate. In the mouth I found blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, chocolate, spice, earth, smoke, and vanilla cream. Overall, the wine had a juicy quality but with plenty of structure to spare. Like dessert in a glass!