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2006 Trapiche Malbec Vina Adriana Venturin La Consulta Mendoza
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88(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2009

($50) Dark ruby-red. Plum, violet pastille, licorice and a distinct note of chocolatey torrefaction on the nose. Cooler and less sweet than the Cristina y Bibiana, with a firm mineral spine giving this a clenched character at the outset. This became sweeter with aeration but still finished with a slight hardness to its tannins, as well as the minty nuance shown by most of these single-vineyard malbec offerings.

92 Points | Wine Spectator
95 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Argentina

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.

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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.
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