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What: I’ve had Trapiche wines before and they always overdeliver. The Cabernet Sauvignon is more of the same.
This is a very nice wine, but the price is unbelievable. My friend Keith from church texted me that Publix had the Cab and the Malbec on sale at two for $11.99. It’s hard to imagine how they can get the wine here from Argentina and still make a profit at that price.
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I have a cellar full of wine, but I can’t pass up a good deal, so I stopped at Publix to check this out. Thanks, Keith.
Sure enough, there it was. I hope my friend Dan finds this because he and his wife would love it.
The wine is soft, rich and full of black fruit. Aromas of blackberries and cedar give way to tastes of plum, blackberry, black cherry and a touch of smoke. It has good structure but a velvety smooth mouthfeel.
The grapes are grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Mendoza where a combination of altitude and sunshine produce concentrated flavors. The wine is aged for nine months in oak barrels, giving it some complexity, but the oak influence is muted. You hardly notice it as you sip this pleasant wine.
If you tasted this wine blind you would think it might be a $25-30 wine, so even at its regular price of about $12 it’s a steal.
From: Argentina
Winery: The winery was founded when Tiburcio Benegas bought property in Mendoza in 1883. There was a small vineyard on the land he bought, and he named it El Trapiche. The word means sugar mill, or cane mill, or in Chile a crude grinding mill. So perhaps there was a mill on the property.
The vineyard was passed on to his son and grandsons before it was sold in 1971. It is now owned by a large firm funded by investment bankers.
Trapiche Oak Cask Cab.
Trapiche Oak Cask Cab.
It is Argentina’s largest exporter of premium wines, exporting to 80 countries. It owns about 2,500 acres of vineyards and contracts with more than 200 growers. With the investment company behind it, Trapiche regularly invests in new technology, buying the best equipment to get maximum results.
The company is experimenting with biodynamics with some of its estate vineyards. This is the most extreme type of natural farming, and it takes a deep commitment to follow the principles. It generally results in richer wines and vineyards that don’t get worn out.
Trapiche produces many varietals and is best know for its outstanding Malbec, including some wonderful single-vineyard Malbecs, and Torrontes.
Purchased: Publix
Cost: $6
Year: 2012
Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon with chicken noodle soup.
Trapiche Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon with chicken noodle soup.
Goes with: This extremely versatile wine can be paired with a wide variety of foods, and sipped by itself. It would match strong cheeses, seasoned red meat and all kinds of game.
My wife Teri and I had it with chicken noodle soup, which you might think wouldn’t go with a Cab, but it was terrific. I had some thyme, parsley and black pepper in the soup, so it had a little zing and held its own with the Cab.
The seductive, soft texture of the wine really brought out the flavors in the soup. I sipped the rest of the wine as I wrote this column, and it keeps getting better and better. Next time I will open the bottle at least 30 minutes before drinking.

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