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Trapiche Malbec Vina Fausto Orellana de Escobar 2007
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.
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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.
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Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.
While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.