Bodega Benegas 2009 Don Tiburcio, Mendoza

Posted by Keith Wallace

The Benegas is the founding family of the wine trade in Argentina. Tiburcio Benegas founded the Trapiche winery in the late 19th century. By the 1970s, the family had sold off all their properties except for Bodega Benegas.  As such, this is both a great bottle of wine and a taste of history.

The Don Tiburcio is a blend of Bordeaux grapes:  Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  Grapes are sourced from their ancestral vineyard, where some blocks of vines are over 70 years old. About half the fruit is Malbec, with the rest added in small amounts and aged for a year in new French oak.

Cedar and Asian spices on the nose give way to violet and black fruit. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied with flavors of blackberry and mocha. Silken tones of smoked vanilla and chocolate come forward just as the finish pushes toward smoked herbs and burnt earth.

This is a classically flavored wine that shows great finesse along with its impressive weight. While this drinks great by itself, I would encourage trying it with an aged gouda or a Fillet Mignon.

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