We’ve tried and enjoyed Trapiche offerings in the past, but not everything this Mendoza, Argentina-based vineyard has to offer. This is our first experience with its Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as with its Oak Cask Malbec.
2020 Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec – A rather burly affair, even after time in the glass lets matters settle. Full-bodied with notes of blackberry, plum, violet, and dark chocolate, plus a gentle touch of nutmeg and baking spices. The oak is ever-present but never burdensome, adding a note of vanilla on the finish which will assuredly be crowd-pleasing. Priced to move at just $11, it certainly punches above its weight. A- / $11 [BUY IT NOW FROM TOTAL WINE]
2018 Trapiche Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon – A classic expression of cab with raspberry and blackberry notes mingling with a muted chocolate element towards the finish. There’s a sharp balsamic note towards the end balancing out some of the more dominant fruit, but it never veers into offensive territories. Could certainly do with another year or two in the cellar, but drinkable now if in a pinch. B+ / $20