Some of the hullabaloo surrounding the Malbec grape has subsided over the last year or two, but that has not diminished the number of wine labels capitalizing on the popularity of Malbec wine among the buying public. While the plantings have become more widespread around the globe Argentina is still one of the best known countries for producing interesting Malbec wine and Trivento is one of the best known winemakers from that South American country. Holding up the standard Trivento has set is the 2013 Trivento Reserve Malbec, combining the dark and “dirty” quality of Malbec from Cahors France with the fruitful nature often associated with New World Malbec this is a wine that shows off several traits of the grape in one bottle.
Pouring out an inky purple colored liquid I suggest you let a little air into the glass to even out and temper the bouquet of blackberry with blueberry hints on the back. Not all that complex, the aroma is nonetheless pleasant to the senses and leads smoothly into the flavor profile of this wine. Until the last decade Malbec has been primarily a blending grape outside of Argentina and Cahors and its lack of layered depth comes through in the solid mid-palate core of blackberry fruit in this wine too. Fortunately in the case of this wine the winemaker at Trivento has created a more interesting and nuanced drink than what appears at first sip. On the heels of the fruit is an earthy spiciness that creates an intensity of flavor in the mouth which belies the seeming simplicity of the first taste. The smooth palate is framed by a slightly tannic edge and sharp acidity on the finish providing some structure and keeping the wine from a “flabby” texture That makes for a great wine to serve alone or at the dinner table with a variety of meats in the center of the plate. Be cautioned, this is not a dainty wine so try and match it up with solid and hearty foods that will not disappear when served alongside it.
The Trivento label is widely available in either grocery aisle or wine store in this area so you should have no difficulty locating a bottle at a reasonable price of $10 to $12 depending upon any sale pricing at the time. Bottom line the 2013 Trivento Reserve Malbec is a dark and intense wine that will surprise those who are only familiar with the many fruity and flirty bottles of value priced Malbec on the shelves. So for those looking for an example of intensity from the Malbec grape this wine is sure to put a smile on your face.