We love comparison tastings, so were excited to receive samples from either side of the Andes: Chile and Argentina (the “right” side of the Andes, as the Argentines like to think of it). This was not a straight up comparison, as the varietals were different: Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile and Malbec from Argentina, but a pleasure in any case. Both come from well-known, high quality producers, are drinking well now, can be held for a few more years, and go great with hearty meals.
Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: hand picked grapes from the Puente Alto vineyard in Maipo; aged for 18 months in new (40%) and used (60%) French oak barrels; luscious ruby red; prune, smoke, and green herb aromas; dark cherry, rhubarb, tart red berries; smooth mouthfeel with touches of acidity and tannins on the finish; cork closure; SRP $26.
Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2013: hand harvested grapes from the Agrelo y Vistalba (Luján de Cuyo) Vineyard; cold macerated prior to fermentation in stainless steel tanks; aged in French oak barrels for 12 months; deep dark plum color with ruby highlights; dark cherry, subtle earth and red berry aromas; dark fruit, tart berry and pomegranate flavors; lots of acidity and good tannins on the finish; cork closure; SRP $21.Wines provided for tasting purposes - all opinions are my own.
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