Sunday, April 14, 2013

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2011

In the 1860's, Malbec was brought from France to Argentina where it found its ideal terroir and climate in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.  Malbec requires constant sun and heat to achieve optimal ripeness and therefore thrives in the hot, dry weather and high elevations of Mendoza, Argentina.  Malbec wines From Mendoza are typically ripe and lush, with smooth tannins - a style that has proven internationally popular, with Malbec dubbed the indisputable Iconic Grape of Argentina.

On April 17 the world will raise its collective glass and toast this beloved varietal and I am going to join in with a few of my favorites and a few new labels I recently purchased or received as samples.  The first is a sample submitted for review - Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2011, a blend of 78% Malbec, 12% Bonarda (watch for more of this grape) and 10% Syrah. The wine was served with chicken done in Shirley's herbes de Provence and roasted potatoes sprinkled with rosemary.

The wine was dark red in color with aromas of plum, cherries, a little raspberry and hints of strawberries and spicy vanilla and licorice.  Nice smooth tannins with lots of red raspberry and cherry and a touch of pepper in the mouth led to a very long smooth, dry and delicious finish. 

The wine is a classic pairing with a juicy steak, lamb and cheeses.  It wasn't bad with the chicken either.  Suggested price is $15, but can be found for $10 to $12 in many wine shops and on-line.  Very Highly Recommended.


The Spectator said...

Malbec is my favorite wine followed by Shiraz. All others can get in line.

joeshico said...

Tom, I love the Malbecs, they're near the top of my list. Still have problems with the Australian Shiraz, but do like California Syrah. There are a few wineries in the Finger Lakes that are now producing some nice Syrah.