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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.



Sample



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