Trivento, Amado Sur Malbec Bonarda Syrah 2014, Mendoza, Argentina
Tasting Note: Could this malbec, bonarda, syrah (MBS) blend be to Argentina what the grenache, syrah, mourvédre (GSM) blend is to the Southern Rhone?
Taste for yourself; there is a persuasive argument in your glass to be made for this red blend that leverages Argentina’s bonarda grape.
Medium-to-deep intensity purple in color this wine has an aromatic nose of wild blackberry, black cherry, raspberry and black currant with subtle hints of clove baking spice.
Your nose will linger in your glass as you take in the perfume of fruit.
On the palate the dry, full-bodied red blend composed of malbec (79%), bonarda (11%) and syrah (10%) shows ripe, yet restrained, concentrated black fruit supported by medium-plus acidity and grippy, medium-plus tannin.
Syrah adds structure while bonarda lends elegant curves of red fruit that perfectly compliment the malbec.
There is mid-palate complexity, balance and leather.
A red blend to repeat.
Bottle Note: In Argentina’s Andean foothills, malbec danced upon a generous terroir where it could attain its tremendous potential. Adding bonarda and syrah, which also express a distinctive character in these lands, Trivento winemaker’s created the complex and elegant “Amado Sur.”
Importer: Excelsior Wine Company, Old Brookville, New York
Tasting Date: February 1, 2017
This wine was submitted for review.