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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Trapiche Roble Malbec 2009

15.5 / 20
Producer: Bodegas Trapiche
Region: Mendoza
Country: Argentina

Ruby colored, this argentinian Malbec starts in a slightly muddled way, difuse in the nose, with some coffee and toast and an almost animal overtone. As it opens and breathes, red berries appear in the nose, although the main feel keeps on being the oaky/toast notes.

The first impact on the mouth is of a high acidity which, coupled with the average body, is not very appealing. Thankfully, as it opens and lingers in the glass, a good deal of red fruit appears in the palate as well, balancing the harder oak notes and masking the high acidity. Tamed and balanced tannins round up a taste that finishes with a nice persistence, mixing acid red berries and vanilla.

This benefits a lot from being paired with food, as it feels much more integrated. Also, decant it for an hour or so. Alternatively, let it rest on the cellar for some years before tasting.

Tasted on 2012-05-02

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