Budget Wine: Trapiche “Oak Cask” Malbec Mendoza 2014

trapicheA quintessential supermarket wine, soft, approachable, and flawless with juicy flavors and enough acidity to keep you refreshed.

“Oak Cask” is Trapiche’s entry level line. But despite the name this Malbec is not overoaked.

Plum, subtle toast, and a hint of licorice on the nose. Black cherry and chocolate emerges on the round, medium-weight palate which features fine-grained tannins that sneak up on you, and firm acidity on the finish. It’s linear with a short finish but excellent quality for the price. You can take it (amost) anywhere without embarrassment.

Advertised as barrel aged for 9 months.

Score: 88

Price: $10

Alc: 14%

An Alicia Keys type wine, rich, approachable, flawless and oh so commercial

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