Trapiche Malbec Vina Federico Villafane 2006
Malbec from Argentina, South America
With a deep garnet-red color, the wine shows aromas of plum, cherry, tobacco, chocolate and coffee. On the palate, a subtle start precedes a full character on the mid-palate, then the wine becomes powerful. The red fruit, mocha and creme brulée notes are prominent, with a very elegant, long finish, and ripe, powerful tannins.
Food Match: venison, roasts, red meat, grilled meats, game, beef, BBQ.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2006’s were bottled in early April 2008, just a week before I tasted them. The 2006 Malbec Vina Federico de Villafane is opaque purple-colored with superb aromatic array of wood smoke, mineral, crushed stone, blackberry and licorice. One the palate this large-scaled wine is plush, dense, savory, and beautifully balanced."
Wine Spectator - "Dense, but creamy and approachable with lush fig, raspberry ganache and crushed boysenberry fruit flavors weaving through notes of mocha, melted licorice and graphite. The finish is long and rich. For the hedonist crowd."
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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