Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah Blend 2009, Mendoza Argentina

The 2009 Trivento Amado Sur Malbec/Bonarda/Syrah is power trio.  The blend may be dominated by Malbec in terms of content percentage, but the other smaller print varietals do contribute.


The Amado Sur red blend is intense.  Red berries and black fruits come out fighting and swinging at your nose.  Wood is kept low, and that is fine by me – why would you want to mask that intense fruit?


The red/black combo continues in the mouth, and some vanilla notes appear as well.  It seems as though acid freshness is the new mantra in wine, and if anything the acid was stronger than it needs to be – but not to a bothersome level.


Musical Match: The Police kept their music intense and never strayed too far from who they are for a couple of reasons.  One: it worked and Two: because all three members of the trio had such different styles they had to find a common ground for the fear of sounding too scattered.  The same thing works with the wine, I believe.  They kept the focus on tight, bright punchy ripe fruit from all three grape types to limit the influence of the characteristics that differentiate the grapes.  Enjoy some Synchronicity!


Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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