Bordeaux by way of Chile

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Brand NameBodega Benegas
Wine NameDon Tiburcio
Vintage (Year)2009
AVAMendoza Province
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Dry/Sweet Level
(1-5; 5 being the sweetest)
Body Range
(1-5; 5 being full-bodied)
Alcohol %14.5%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 - $20
Site Rating10 (on a scale of 1-10)

So, I had this wine several weeks ago at a tasting and found out where I could easily pick it up today; in fact, I turned someone else onto it.  This wine is 50% Malbec, 20% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% each of Merlot and Petit Verdot.  Because this is Chile, they majority would be Malbec, but this is a lovely wine. 

The color is a great inky purple bordering on outright midnight, and the aroma lets you know that you're getting something good.  The taste borders on a weak port, but that in itself is a treat.  This wine needs to be decanted, or at least sit and breathe for awhile so that it can open up.

As far as flavor, you get dark berries with a slight undercurrent of spice.  There is nothing more to say as this is fine in itself.


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