WINE REVIEW Trapiche 2015 ‘Iscay’ Syrah & Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina ($70)
by Andrew Chalk
It took a double take to confirm that this was an Argentine wine. No malbec. Not even cabernet sauvignon. Instead, a northern Rhône blend that one would expect from Guigal. However, the result is not a northern Rhône clone.
Recall when Argentina planted malbec, the grape of Cahors, and made a style of its own. Trapiche could be, and I cannot be certain, establishing an Argentinian riff on northern Rhône red wines.
Either way, this is a formidable wine that will age for a decade. However, it is malleable enough to be enjoyed now with steak, lamb, or prime rib.
Appearance: Thick as night with a pea soup fog. Deep ruby heart and purple rim;
Nose: Blackberry, mocha, wet stones, old oak;
Palate: Young raspy tannins, powerful, dense, dark fruit. Vanilla. Vibrant acidity. Forest floor.