2014 Benmarco Malbec Uco Valley SKU #1342723


JS 93 DC 91 RP 90
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K&L Notes

Another label from Susana Balbo's Dominio del Plata, Benmarco makes excellent value Malbec and Cabernet based wines. The Malbec comes from Los Chacayes in Argentina's Uco Valley, and is steered by the terroir insights and winemaking know how of one of Argentina's foremost experts in Edy del Popolo.

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  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    I drank this with a friend recently and it made me wonder why I don't drink Malbec more often. Plummy and dark-fruited with notes of chocolate and earth this is not overly fruity and lacks any aggressive tannic edge. This is very smooth and (too) easy to drink. Great value Malbec that shows more finesse than many in this price range.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    From the gravelly, sandy loam soils of the high-elevation Valle de Uco comes the new vintage of Benmarco's entry-level Malbec. Unlike so many others at this price point, this Malbec shows balance and restraint following the minimal intervention philosophy of vineyard manager Edgardo del Popolo. There is a lifted quality here that keeps it surprisingly fleet-footed, while maintaining a deep, round expression of Malbec.
  • Illya Haase
    By: Illya Haase
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite go-to Malbecs! Great black and blue fruits, fresh floral bouquet of violets and just a hint of minerality. Super smooth with just the right amount of acidity and tannins. Perfect whisper of oak from a year in neutral barrels. This is such a slam dunk with any grilled meat or BBQ!!
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is more than just a great value red. It is an affordable introduction to mountain fruit wine. Now, we can say that about most Mendoza wine, but this behaves like mountain wine from other regions in the world for a 5th of the price. From the heights of Los Chacayes in the Uco Valley at 3300 feet with alluvial soils are made up of rocks, sand, silt, and limestone. Its elevation and soils are definitely translated into this wine, I wish that could be said about wines from other mountainous regions, but I digress. This wine has lifted aromatics; focused berry, floral tones, and minerality. The palate is structured but not oppressive, this is a wine for tonight, not a decade from now. The flavors are more complex than the nose and enhanced with soft tannins and fresh acidity. A wine that was made to be drunk with gusto but also has a story to tell.
  • Chantel Carroll
    By: Chantel Carroll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great full bodied wine at an amazing price! Sandalwood, Tobacco, sweet blueberry jam on toasted brioche, and a hint of herb on the nose. On the palate, I was struck with Juicy, ripe boysenberry and raspberry. This wine was so balanced and the finish was not in a hurry to quit.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    The quality and elegance on display in this Malbec had me guessing it was MUCH more expensive. It showed very supple, rich blue and black fruit with a balancing freshness from notes of minty herbs and black licorice. Structure is on point with graceful acidity and texturally ripe tannins. A great example of why South American Malbecs are the world's most famous.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The folks at Benmarco have delivered another brooding, powerhouse Malbec in 2014! This full bodied, dark, potent Malbec has slick tobacco like oak and rich black fruit. If you like powerful Napa Cabernet, but are tired of paying the exorbitant prices, this is a great alternative.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    We have been carrying this label for quite a while now and it has always been one of those reliable "go to" wines that pretty much everyone likes. Lush nose of boysenberry and blackberry, with a slight herbal note. Also lush and full on the palate with dark berry and black cherry fruit. Nice, clean, mineral laden finish that is a surprise. I have come to expect nothing less from Susana Balbo. Both this series and her own "Susana Balbo" line have always been outstanding.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    I can see why this earned the trifecta of solid reviews: there is simply a lot to like in this vintage of Benmarco. While the wine does not disappoint fans of Malbec and fans of fruit-forward wines with its rich, forward and plummy fruit, there is more going on than initially meets the palate. Iron-like minerality, pleasant spice, and very well integrated oak round out the palate with complexity and appealing style. A tasty value Malbec that's ready to drink!


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