2015 Benmarco Malbec

Year: 2015
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
Price :
$14.95

"There are more notes of aromatic herbs (thyme mainly) in the nose of the 2015 Benmarco Malbec, from a year with an extra degree of freshness compared with 2014. This is also sourced from Los Chacayes and matured in used oak barrels. The palate shows great balance, very fine tannins and a fine thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and giving it length. Some 100,000 bottles produced.

Nowadays Susana Balbo's winery, which at one point was called Dominio del Plata, uses 75% of grapes from the Valle de Uco in Mendoza, a percentage that has increased dramatically in the last few years.

There are different lines of wines--Críos, BenMarco, Susana Balbo and Nosotros. They have refined their grape suppliers and the Críos range has been produced again, as it was in the past, with only a percentage of wine aged in used barrels rather than with oak staves. I saw an improvement toward more freshness and better definition of the wines. The whites really surprised me this year." (WA)

"Bright red with ruby tones. Pretty aromas of blackberry and violet are lifted by a pungent stony quality. A supple, juicy, fruit-driven midweight with a more restrained sweetness than past vintages. Offers modest texture and depth but good verve to its dark berry, violet and spice flavors. Turns a bit herbal and dusty with air on the end, but this wine is easy to drink owing to its freshness." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Beautiful deep purple color with perfumed aromas of ripe red fruits and roasted coffee beans. It is lush, fullbodied 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.