Broquel Malbec 2008
Malbec from Argentina, South America
The wine shows aromas of black fruit jam and liqueur, with notes of vanilla, chocolate and smoke. On the palate, its ample and rich, with a long finish and soft tannins.
Pair with roasts, red meat, hard cheeses, grilled vegetables, grilled meats, fowl, beef, BBQ.
Wine Spectator - "Heavily toasted but alluring, with warm cocoa and plum sauce notes followed by dark fig paste, currant preserve and black tea notes. Muscular but velvety on the toasty finish. Drink now. 50,000 cases imported. "
Broquel is an additional brand produced by Trapiche. With its 120 years of history Trapiche is reinforcing its leadership as the most exported wine brand of Argentina. Three years ago the company began an intensive transformation, both in the vineyards and in the winery to consolidate Trapiche's position as the leading wines of Argentina. One of the pillars in this transformation was to concentrate the responsibility of the vineyards and the winemaking in one Chief Winemaker; the appointed person for this ambitious objective was Mr. Daniel Pi.
The wines have a new international style, with more fruit and personality. The grapes are now not only coming from Trapiche's greatest vineyards in Mendoza, but also from the very best terroirs of Argentina.
All these changes needed to be shown not only inside the bottle but outside as well. A fresh, appealing, eye-catching and international packaging was developed across the entire portfolio. View all Broquel Wines
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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