Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec Wraps Me In Comfort

It was this kind of Sunday.

A stay inside and work on my intentions for the week, kind of day.
A blanket and a book kind of day.
A bean soup simmering on the stove all day kind of day.

My wine needed to be a big, full glass of wrap-me-in-comfort kind of wine!

I opened the Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec.

100% Malbec grapes for this wine are sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, a hot, dry region sitting on the edge of the Andes. It is a sub-region of Mendoza, the largest AVA in Argentina.  The hot days here are moderated by the cool evening temperatures in the area’s higher altitude. Malbec grapes for this wine are hand harvested and hand sorted only by women “because they have soft hands”. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks to allow full fruit expression.  Twelve months of aging in French oak barrels and twelve months of bottle aging bring complexity and depth to the wine.

Crazy dark, inky color suggests greatness.

Aromas of dark fruits–blackberry, black currant–are just the beginning.  More aromatic notes of oak, dried herbs, cocoa, graphite and baking spice practically make my head spin!

The front palate is surprisingly soft, given the bold style, holding lots of fruit. Fresh plum, black currant, black cherry and black raspberry fruits lead to cedar, tobacco leaf and more black raspberry on the finish. Tannins are firm and mouth-coating.

We served it with bread and Spanish dipping oil.   The olive oil softened the tannin in the wine while the fruity richness of the oil paired with the wine’s rich fruits.

The bean soup with shreds of ham oozed with comfort and its big, comforting flavors matched the big, concentrated flavors in the wine.

This wine.  Concentrated, dense and powerful, jam-packed with flavor–it totally wrapped me up on this gloomy spring day.

Drinking on a gloomy day;
Enjoying alongside a plate of artisan bread and fruity olive oil;

A wine drinker looking for a bold, concentrated wine with complex flavors and a powerful presence.

About the author: Sue Navratil

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