Dark purple, barely see through. The nose is somewhat candied, purple licorice, plum cake and Christmas pudding. On the palate it shows off much more pleasant notes of black currants, iodine and fruit cake. The mid palate is quite abrupt as are the mild tannins that permeate. The finish is not as smooth as the front half and lacks any acidity. Overall this is a pleasant wine that gets 87 points. The pro’s went much higher, 91 points in one case. I just did not get the same level of satisfaction unfortunately. $18 make it a 3 point wine for me. Salut….
I have been a fan of Trivento for a while now and have reviewed several vintages of the Golden Reserve Malbec. This one is particularly good and I am glad I bought a few bottles for the cellar. I suggest you do too! Almost inky in the glass, it is brooding and alluring. On the nose I’m getting blackberry, sweet plums and a touch of cedar plank. The palate is very much dominated by black fruits and a bold tannic attack. The blackberry component really shines through on the midpalate with a core of tannins that grip the gums. Acidity is present but the tannins are very fresh and dominate. The finish is medium long with a jam component and some chocolate dust. The ever present tannins do not taper off for a while. This wine is young but drinkable now. It will last and develop for at least 15 years. I’m thinking it needs a Portehouse steak with au gratin potatoes and a Caeser salad. 91 points and for $22, 5 stars. Salut…
Dark purple in the glass, very dense. The nose sports some really delicious aromas of blueberry, spice box and some oak. I also get a whiff of twizzlers right at the end.
On the palate the blueberry theme continues, laced with a ton of tannins that leave the gums all dry. The wine has some juicy acidity, which is needed considering the dryness I am encountering. The blue fruits continue onto the finish, which is quite long. A certain floral hint hits the mid palate that melds well with the berry component. I am digging this wine and reckon it would really do well with Ribeye and roasted sweet potato rounds. It begs for a fatty cut to offset the tannins, which are very tightly wound and help build the backbone of this wine. I would drink till 2024. 90 points from me, but I just looked up my order and noticed it got 95 from Decanter, that’s a big score. I paid $20, but it was on sale from $40. 3 stars for retail pricing but a 4 star effort for the sale price! Salut….
I am a big fan of Trivento, as can be seen in my write-ups. The Amado Sur is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah.
Dark purple in the glass. A nose of black currants, oregano, chocolate powder. On the palate- currant, cinnamon stick and crunchy tannins. On the mid palate there are some plum notes as well the currants. The tannins are really apparent in the finish, and give off a dry mouthfeel. This wine is balanced and tasty, but perhaps young. It will reward some cellaring but offers good flavors and structure right now to pair with prime rib, eggplant moussaka or even roast duck with orange sauce- or some cheese and chorizo like I did. I like it and am going 90 points. For $14, this is a really good deal. 4 stars. Salut….
I can’t even tell you how many bottles of this wine I have drunk in my day. I was introduced to it at an Argie steak house in Anchorage, Alaska of all places. We used to go there in small groups and empty their supply every time. I saw this bottle when I was in Boston with the family on a skating trip. I couldn’t resist.
In the glass, a paler version of purple was on display. On the nose- black berry and nutmeg come to mind. The initial palate consists of really delicious dark fruits, some plum ganache and some very tart tannins. The wine shows off a dryness that takes over the mid palate and finish but still allows flavors of blue and black currants to peek through. There are not many tertiary flavors but that is okay, this is a primal wine that begs for steak. It offers one stop shopping if you are in the market for a reasonably priced wine that bangs it with grilled meat, does well alone and will make charcuterie sing. This is one for you to look for. At $13 this is a good deal and gets 90 points from me making it a 5 star wine. Drink till 2020 and buy in bulk. Salut….
I had a few colleagues in town for a meeting and took them to a local restaurant for dinner. This was the only Malbec available so we took a punt and tried it. A nose of cherry, oak and black berries. The initial tastes of dark fruits get melded into a silky vanilla blueberry compote. The mid palate passes rather quickly with a hint of black berries and licorice. The finish is nice with an easy going tannin profile and very faint hints of acidity. This is a basic wine that will suffice in a pinch but I was astounded to read later on that it is only a $9 bottle that we got hosed on ($50+), but more importantly- it only got an 80 point rating from WE. That’s rather harsh, but shouldn’t a restaurant look for any ratings before buying blindly? I am not that down on it and will go with 86 points making it a 2 star wine. Salut….
On our recent trip to the Cape we had dinner with friends at a restaurant where this wine was listed as one of their top offerings. We shared a bottle and I was impressed with the quality of this Mendoza Malbec. It has a nose of plums, cedar and earth. Initial attack of black cherry, blackberries and some iodine. Fresh tannins and balanced acidity make for a fresh mouthfeel. Mid length finish of dark fruits and a lashing of tannins on the back end mingle with some tobacco hints. I agree with WS, 90 points and 4 stars for this $16 offering. Salut….
From Argentina comes this beauty. A nose of black damson/dark plums, possibly a hint of sagebrush. Nice dark purple color with long legs in the glass, not something I comment on normally. Full on attack of black and blue fruits with ample tannins up front. Mouth watering acidity set this wine up for a long cellar potential. Mid palate hints of violet and plum offset by the edgy tannins. There is a longish finish that indicates the level of alcohol. 14.5% is hard to hide, but it is done rather well in this offering, with just some back end heat showing up. The wine is a little closed right now but will open up in 2017-2018 and cellar well for another 7-8 years. 90 points from me and 3 stars for this decent $30 offering from Mendoza, the capital of Malbec. I reckon it will rock a steak and do justice to some BBQ ribs. The structure is perfect for something sweet and spicy or marbled like a ribeye. Salut….
Consistency is a very desirable trait in winemaking. It gives me confidence in a winery and assures that I will be back for more, year in, year out. Trivento is one of the best at this. I have tasted several vintages of the Golden Reserve Malbec and love it every year. The 2012 is drinking well now. It started off with a dark purple hue in the glass. A blossoming nose of plums and a hint of nutmeg welcomed me to taste the wine. Blueberry compote came across on the initial palate and was followed up with more plums and a slight oak hint. The wine is very ‘juicy’ with a crisp acidity that I really enjoyed. Tannins were medium for me and made the wine easy to drink. This vintage is approachable young and will certainly last another 5 years. We ordered some Lamb Kebab sandwiches to go along, the match was perfect. This wine will pair well with just about any meat, grilled or roasted. I’m going with 90 points and 4 stars for this $20 effort from Argentina. Ps. I bought several bottles and may go back for more, it’s just that good. Salut….