2011 Mendoza Malbec
Malbec •Finca La Encerrada Vineyard
Born at 1450 meters above sea level, in the pristine Uco Valley, today’s Benegas Lynch 2011 Mendoza Malbec is one incredible wine.
You’ve never experienced Malbec like this one. Black as night. Intense, dark flavors abound. Aromas that hit your nose before you even lift your glass.
Steal some while you can!
The Benegas Lynch label is the flagship label from Bodega Benegas, one of Argentina’s premier producers of Argentine varietals. The winery calls this line their Icon Line. They craft Benegas Lynch wines from their best grapes from selected low-yield vineyard parcels.
The wines are aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels. These Benegas Lynch wines are only made during select vintages - when the grape quality is of a high enough standard.
Winemaker Federico Benegas Lynch has winemaking in his veins. In 1883, his great-grandfather founded the historic “El Trapiche” winery - and his own father was a winemaker. Now, Federico carries on the family tradition of crafting some of the finest wines in all of Mendoza.
On the nose, this wine is dark and concentrated with layer upon layer of aromas. Bold black cherry, blackberry, spice box, smoky clove, braised plum, dried violets, tobacco, dried earth and cracked pepper.
Dense and packed with concentrated flavors, leading with blackberry preserve, smoky blueberry jam, black cherry, black licorice, mixed dark spice, cedar, graphite, baker’s chocolate and cracked pepper.
This wine hails from the Valley de Uco (the Uco Valley), which is a viticultural region southwest of Mendoza, in Argentina. Located beside the Tunuyán River, the Uco Valley is universally considered one of the top wine regions in Mendoza and in all of Argentina. The annual average temperature is 57 °F and altitudes range from 3,000–5000 feet above sea level.
The region’s combination of high elevation, alluvial soils, irrigation sourced from the Andes Mountains, blesses the Uca Valley with a long growing season with over 250 sunny days a year, little rain and wide temperature differences between night and day.
These factors all provide optimal conditions for growing quality wine grapes, with excellent fruit ripening and flavor concentration, deep colors, aromas, and textures that all result in wines that are deep in color, intense in aromas and very rich in flavors.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
93 points - Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast - “Smoky and intense from the get-go, this saturated, black-as-night Malbec is full of blackberry, cassis and gamy aromas. While it goes heavy on the gas, the wine’s structure is up to it. Flavors of chocolate, burnt toast, salt and blackberry finish toasty and long, with savory blackened spice notes. Drink through 2023.”
Deep and inky dark purple with an opaque core. Wine-stained tears streak the glass after swirling the wine.
Bold black cherry, blackberry, spice box, smoky clove, braised plum, dried violets, tobacco, dried earth and cracked pepper.
Blackberry preserve, smoky blueberry jam, black cherry, black licorice, mixed dark spice, cedar, graphite, baker’s chocolate and cracked pepper.
Rich, flavor-packed and seemingly endless, this wine enters the palate with a light, smooth feeling. Then, as plush tannins take hold, a crushed velvet dryness spreads across the entire palate. Fruits fade first, followed by spice and earth elements.
Enjoy this one with Morrocan grilled lamb with a fresh, fresh dill-infused tzatziki sauce.
What the Winery Says
- Federico Benegas Lynch
- Mendoza, Argentina
- 18 months
- French oak