Variety: 70% Malbec; 20% Bonarda; 10% Syrah
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Cost: $15 (SRP)
My Review: It’s nice when I get to try the same wine across different vintages; I get to see how playing with the blend (including adding in or removing varietals) impacts my thoughts on the wine, as well as other factors such as weather or changing winemakers.
Last year I got to try the 2014 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec, so when offered the chance to try the newest vintage, I was happy to jump at the chance.
In the glass the wine was a dark red color, and on the nose I picked up jammy notes of cassis and berries. In the mouth the wine was fruit forward without being overly fruity. That being said, pairing it with some grilled meats would have been a good way to play up the flavors of the wine and provide a smoky counter-balance to the fruits of the wine – a good grilled steak is definitely what this wine calls for.
Much like the 2014 vintage, it’s a pretty good value. It’s certainly not going to blow you away, but it avoids the trap of the sub-$20 and isn’t a fruit bomb, making it a worthy Tuesday night wine; something to sip on without having to feel compelled to make a fancy meal or save for a special occasion.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.