Tue 23 Sep 2008
If you’re thinking of throwing a rib-eye or strip steak on the grill this week or maybe pork chops crusted with chili powder, cumin and garlic, pull the cork on a bottle of the Broquel Malbec 2006, from Argentina’s Mendoza region. This is a label produced by the huge Trapiche winery.
Broquel Malbec 2006 is packed with spice and dried flowers and rich, ripe and intense flavors of black currant, black cherry and plum. A few minutes in the glass add notes of wild berry and blueberry tart, with a hint of bitter chocolate. The body is tremendous for a wine at this price; it’s dense and chewy, vibrant with acid and permeated by dusty, grainy tannins and polished oak, from aging 12 months in barrels, 70 percent American, 30 percent French, of which only 25 percent of the barrels were new, so there’s nothing toasty or overtly woody here. This is all pretty succulent in its New World way, but balanced by dryness and a finish that grows increasingly austere. Drink now through 2010 or ’11. Very good+. About $16.
Imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York.