Red Wines    Malbec    Argentina    South America   
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Date Printed: 7/29/2014
BenMarco Malbec 2009
BenMarco Malbec 2009
(search item no. 108464)
James Suckling rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Beautiful deep purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. It is lush, full bodied and penetrating on the palate with loads of chewy, currant jam flavors, bright acidity, and a touch of grip on the almost savory finish. This wine really unfolds with some air so try not to slurp it down in a rush, and it shows why the Argentine people are in love with Malbec. Some Bonarda was blended in for greater complexity and to achieve better balance. Pairs well with a wide range of foods including beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
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About BenMarco:

In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.


White Wines    Rhone White Blends    Central Coast    California   
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Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2006
Treana Mer Soleil Vineyard Viognier-Marsanne 2006
(search item no. 94700)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/29/2014: $27.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Treana White displays the elegant varietal characteristics of Viognier and Marsanne; vibrant floral aromas of honeysuckle, citrus blossom and jasmine are followed by ripe stone fruit flavors with hints of pear, pineapple, and citrus and honey overtones.

Solid minerality lends complexity and structure. The mouthfeel is full, while bright acidity cleans the palate and offers ease and versatility to food-pairing. A wine of excellent balance and complexity, the 2006 Treana White will age beautifully over the next decade.

"There's fantastic depth and richness to the apricot, peach and almond flavors. Intense as syrup, but with a good acidity that keeps it light on its feet. The richness persists on the finish. Viognier and Marsanne. Drink now."
-Wine Spectator

"Treana has enjoyed great success with this blend of Viognier and Marsanne, which is one of the best Rhone-style white wines in California. The main reason is the source of the grapes. The '06 is as rich and crisply acidic as ever, with fantastically complex, honeyed tropical fruit, apricot and floral flavors that taste like they have a touch of botrytis."
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About Treana Winery:

Treana symbolizes a trinity of natural elements - the sun, the soil, and the ocean - the elements that make Paso Robles and the rest of the Central Coast a prime area for premium wine grapes.

The Hope family began planting vineyards in the area in 1978. Two decades of experience has taught them not only how to grow the finest quality wine grapes, but has also shown them the tremendous potential of the region.

Formerly, the Hopes sold wine under the Hope Family label directly from the winery's tasting room. Beginning with the 1990 vintage, the Hope ranches became the sole source of fruit for Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, they founded Treana Winery after years of hands-on experience in viticulture and winemaking. Today, the Hopes cultivate mature vineyards of the varietals best suited to their area; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Merlot.