Monday, April 11, 2011

Trivento Reserve 2008 Malbec

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This luscious Malbec starts with a surprise. When preparing to enjoy a glass of Malbec, my mouth anticipates lush fruitiness loaded with rich berry flavor.

But the overwhelming flavor note for me with the Trivento was that of vanilla. And it’s not like with some wines: “Gee, I think there’s a flavor and it’s kinda, sorta, almost like vanilla.” This is an unmistakable and delicious double scoop of vanilla that leaves you wanting more.

Trivento is an Argentinian winery in Mendoza that was started by Concha y Toro in 1996. Concha y Toro is Chile’s largest wine group and they pumped more than $60 million into the Trivento project. Trivento has three wineries with the capacity to produce more than 30 million liters of wine annually.

This reserve Malbec is fermented for 15 days in stainless steel tanks, then aged for six months in French oak barrels, and another five in the bottle. The reserve designation is truly earned with this wine as it denotes another level of sophisticated taste and complexity.

A full-bodied and velvety wine, the tannins play a nice supporting role, but add no harshness. The mid-palate is bubbling with cherry and red fruit. The finish is really special with that vanilla and toffee flavors. The bottle was provided by Ace of Bass and he put it well, “You get some dessert on the back end.”

This is a great value at less than $10.

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