2010 Juan Benegas Malbec


2010  Juan Benegas Malbec

$13.99 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Argentina and Chile are the destinations for the next international wine tour that I will be leading—set to depart in late September this year (details to be announced very soon)—so I was jazzed to see that Drew selected this wine for February.  The winery is located on the eastern slope of the Andes near Mendoza, a city of more than 1 million people.  The region is high desert with limited rainfall so vines must be irrigated. . .similar to our own foothill situation, especially in recent years.

Bodega Benegas has two vineyards: one at the winery near Mendoza and one in the Uco Valley, the source of grapes for this Malbec.  This wine was aged 50% in French oak and 50% in concrete vats, a common approach in Spain and South America.

Because the winery’s website is in Spanish, information is limited, but this just may be one of the places we visit this fall.  Stay tuned!

Winery Tasting Notes:   “Deep ruby color; cedar, blackberry and a touch of oak on the nose; full-bodied, richly extracted, grainy tannins with a dry, dark chocolate flavor enhanced by a savory, herbal note.


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