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Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec 2005


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    Served best with venison, roasts, red meat, lamb, hard cheeses and grilled beef.

    Established in 1883, Trapiche is the most widely recognized Argentinean wine producer in the world. Located in Mendoza at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Trapiche has some of the most extensive landholdings in the area, with over 2,500 acres of its own vineyards. All Trapiche wines are hand-harvested, hand-sorted and vinified at their winery. The wines have a new international style, fruit-driven, and consumer friendly, and representing the best of what Argentina has to offer. The grapes come from vineyards located in Cruz de Piedra, Alto Agrelo y Ugarteche, between 750 and 1100 meters elevation. The soils are alluvial settled on boulders.

    The fruit is hand harvested and bunches are selected. There is destemming and berry selection prior to fermentation and maceration for 25 days. There is gentle pneumatic pressing and a naturally occurring malolactic fermentation The wine is aged for 12 months in French and American oak before blending, a light filtering and bottling. In general, 2005 was a year with greater rainfall and Trapiche took a risk by choosing to harvest late. The results made 2005 a memorable vintage. 2005 is as good as the previous three great harvests of 2002, 03 and 04, if not better.

    Intense red color with violet hints. The wine shows sweet aromas of blackberry and plum with a touch of black pepper, an elegant touch of smoke and vanilla comes from the oak aging. There is a velvety texture, soft tannins and long finish. Ready to drink now.

    Posted by dustinjacobsen on March 14th, 2008 at 1:35am | report comment

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