I've actually bought several bottles of Trapiche Malbec, and I normally don't even look at wine under $10... I know... snobby, BUT in my defense Malbecs aren't usually expensive anyway because Argentina is just getting going on their wine industry and they're not quite as evolved as Chile. The first time I tried a Malbec was at a restaurant and I liked it very much. I asked the waiter what the brand was and where from and he told me this wine. I'd buy it again even though I've had much better cabs and pinots.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina. Read More »
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