Trapiche Malbec Vina Fausto Orellana de Escobar 2007
Malbec from Argentina, South America
#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Fausto Orellana de Escobar was chosen for the second time as one of the best Malbec producers of the year. He was born in Bolivia and has lived in Argentina for the last 30 years. He fell in love with Valle de Uco, and it is here where his estate is located, in La Consulta, at 990 meters above sea level. When we asked him what makes his vineyard different, he answered: "honestly, I think is its age" and he is not wrong, since it was planted 61 years ago, and when you look at the vines, it seems as if time had blessed them. This Malbec has a red-purple color and a strong mineral character, punctuated by graphite and ink notes. the nose is intense and perfumed with violets and black pepper. concentrated and juicy in the mouth, with tastes of bright fruit such as blackberries, currants and morello cherries. The finish is intense, long and lingering with ripe tannins.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Malbec Single Vineyard Vina Fausto Orellana de Escobar was sourced from a 61-year-old vineyard. It is broader, sweeter, and richer than its colleagues. Nicely structured, elegant, and lengthy, it will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2022. "
Wine Spectator - "Ripe and vivid, with delicious boysenberry, fig, pastis and raspberry ganache notes carried by a long, graphite-filled finish. Fruit-driven, but racy and long, with impressive precision to the ample fruit. Great mouthfeel. Drink now through 2012. "
International Wine Cellar - "Medium-deep ruby. Ripe, complex nose melds currant, black raspberry, spicecake, chocolate, graphite and licorice. Dense and fine-grained, with lovely sweetness leavened by integrated acidity. Classic malbec flavors of dark berries and violet are complicated by notes of leather, minerals, iron and earth. Brisk acids contribute to an impression of energy and vinosity. Finishes with good breadth without excess weight, and an edge of acidity that calls for some aging. This has superb fruit. 91(+?) points "
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Founded in 1883, Trapiche is one of Argentina's best-known wine brands. Located at the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza, they own more than 3000 acres of vineyards ranging from 600 meters to over 1200 meters. Chief winemaker, Daniel Pi's goal and vission is to represent the richness and diversity of Argentina's terroir. Trapiche is dedicated to creating the best Malbec wines in the world as exemplified by the winery's most successful project, The Single Vineyard Malbec Series. As a tribute to the growers' passion and dedication, the winery selects three of its best growers and bottles their wines exclusively in limited production. The result is rich, incredibly massive, terroir-driven wines, prossessing bold, powerful fruit that express passion, history and the grower's personal touch. View all Trapiche Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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