Huh? A Pinot Noir from Argentina? Not exactly what they’re known for… Malbec, yes. Pinot, not so much. But I apparently was impressed with Trapiche Pinot with their 2004 vintage as well, so they’re consistently tasty. (Check out my review from 2006).
Trapiche, the largest winery in Argentina, was established in 1883, so you might say they know the lay of the land. Located in Mendoza, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, they own over 2,500 acres of vineyards. These Pinot Noir grapes come from a high elevation plot where the days are warm and the nights are cool; a great spot for finicky fruit.
This 2009 Trapiche Pinot Noir is decidedly lighter in body and far from the sometimes overly rich and extracted domestic Pinots. It’s shy and demure showing bright cherry, ripe plum, slightly mushroomy with well balanced acidity and very dry finish. Easy drinking and worth buying a case for everyday consumption. Wish I’d tried this before Thanksgiving as it’s perfect for turkey. VERY impressive for the money.
Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Price: $8 – $10
Occasion: Sample sent from the winery and tasted with a pork stew. Frickin’ awesome.
Availability: Grocery stores and big-box stores or try buying online – some good prices.