2010 Ben Marco Mendoza Argentina Malbec

This wine was tasted as a sample from a winery who was promoting Malbec Day. Make sure you are ready when it rolls around again and drink as much Malbec as you can before it arrives next year. A good place to start would be with this Ben Marco. The 2010 was a very good year for them. This year I have tasted a lot of 2009s and 2010s and different wineries had different results but for these guys 2010 is a keeper.

It took a little time to release initial aromas and was still a little tight after twenty minutes of breathing but at an hour of exposure it was fantastic. The red fruit leads the parade in the bouquet followed by a hint of exotic incense and fresh tobacco. The flavors of this wine avoid the single dimension category a few Malbec’s get boxed into due to the blend of ten percent Bonarda which adds some structure, something this square shouldered workhorse of a grape has plenty of. An excellent package that is exciting and versatile in the culinary arena. All your favorite big flavored grilled or smoked meats will work and it will carry over to dessert as long as it is not citrusy or fruity.

Rating: Excellent (90) | $20 | 14.0% ABV

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One Response to “2010 Ben Marco Mendoza Argentina Malbec”

  1. Amber says:

    Mendoza Malbec used to be so affordable, what happened?


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