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In the 19th century, Don Tiburcio Benegas was already a firm believer in the terroir of Mendoza long before grapes were a cash crop anywhere in the Americas. His early plantings of Bordeaux varieties make up the sprawling Benegas estate that’s now an icon across South America. Their Estate Malbec vines are gently watered by Andes snowmelt that lets the grapes ripen beautifully, yielding a wine we’re proud to offer as an Exclusive One Vine import! Blackberry pie, black pepper, baking spice and hints of fresh herbs make it a bottle to savor with everything from steaks to meaty ragus, or a Netflix binge.
From 2800 feet above sea level, the Benegas estate produces some of Mendoza’s top wines from a mix of vines planted in the 1930s and ‘60s. Their maturity translates to delicious complexity in wines that are more reminiscent of their French heritage than South American sunshine. Federico Benegas Lynch’s Argentine winemaking skills are accented by years of consulting with the world’s best including Michel Rolland and Paul Hobbs. The 2015 leaps from the glass with ripe blackberry flavors, black pepper, and fresh herbaceous notes like rosemary, sage, and thyme. Oak is a muted accent in here, which utilizes used barrels to leave the Cabernet refreshing instead of heavy. Bordeaux style plus the intensity of Andean sun, and the passion only a family legacy inspires, Benegas Malbec is a fresh, unique bottle that blends sophistication with rustic tradition.
93 pts, James Suckling