Friday, December 14, 2007

2004 Tritono Malbec: The Triumvirate from Another Down Under, Argentina

I admit, I'm a huge fan of Palmina wines which is why I picked up this bottle. Plus, the label is just so beautiful. According to the site, "When local artist Bernudez learned of Tritono, he immediately created the devilish musical image used on the label". Steve Clifton along with Joe Bastianich, and Argentine winemaker Matias Mayol came together to create the 2004 Tritono Malbec sourced from Mendoza, Argentina. Before writing this post, I serendipitously read Eric Asimov's post on Ike Turner and wine while sipping the Tritono Malbec and it perfectly describes this wine. In fact Tina Turner for the opening of "Proud Mary" spells out the tasting notes for me.. Nice and easy and then the finish is rough. Fitting since Tritono is a musical interval of three whole tones and is the gap between two notes played in succession or simultaneously. Examples given include the opening of Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" and the two note intro for Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze".

Tasting Notes:
On the nose: savory earthy almost meaty essence with plum and black cherry, followed by a herbal note that I'd describe as if parsley, thyme and cilantro became one herb called "parsthymantro"( you saw it here first) and then tobacco and hickory on the finish. Upon tasting; delicious velvety texture. I love the elegance of a velvety mouth feel in wine. I noticed dark cherry and plum fruit but there was also a earthy savory characteristic that was downright meaty and is so reminiscent of a grilled rib eye that it won't be hard to figure out what to pair with this wine. The wine is almost a meal onto itself with a hickory, smoky finish. Again easy velvety fruit on the entry and a bit rough and savory on the finish. Tina Turner would approve.

Buy this wine at K&L or from Palmina directly. ( Prices vary from $35-$40)
For more information on the vineyard sources and winemaking go to

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