These new Argentinean Malbecs come from Trivento and Concha y Toro, the latter of which is best known for its Chilean wines. Here’s how a bumper crop of the fruit of Mendoza shakes out.
2011 Concha y Toro Frontera Malbec Cuyo – Surprisingly tart and slightly sweet, jammy, with strawberry/raspberry jelly character muted by some lightly dusty notes. Finish heads into saccharine territory. C+ / $6
2011 Concha y Toro Xplorador Malbec Mendoza – Deeper and a bit richer, but still a simple wine. Thin body, with heavy and jammy plum/prune on the finish. B- / $8
2010 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec Mendoza – A blend: 80% Malbec, 10% Bonarda, 10% Syrah. A fairly innocuous blend, this is a simple wine with dominant black cherry character, licorice on the finish, and a fairly thin profile. Unassuming but easy to drink. B- / $15
2008 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec Lujan de Cuyo Mendoza – A clear cut above the rest, something with heft and gravitas. Lush, Cabernet-like currants in the body, with a light touch of herbs gracing the palate. Moderate and pleasant finish. A winner. A- / $22