Monday, October 22, 2007

Bargain Brand

Some wineries seem incapable of making poor wines, unless there are special circumstances such as a difficult harvest, etc.
I look for such producers that make uniformly good wines at a good price point - it makes wine buying easy!! One such producer is the Argentine bodega, Trivento (actually owned by the Chilean firm Concha y Toro). I have to say I don't remember ever drinking a wine from their "Reserva" line that was disappointing. And they generally sell in the $12-20 range (at least the ones imported into this neck of the woods). Their Syrah, Reserve, 2005 is a typically good value. This one is on the "pleasure" side of the taste spectrum - a wine for sipping and caressing (not a "foody" wine to sit there and try to food match). It is syrupy, almost sweet, with lots of deep, dark fruit, especially plums. Not a vegetal note in this wine for those who like a bit of veggie complexity in their glass.
So, if you see a Trivento Reserva, if you want a solid wine at a good price, give it a shot. Let me know what you think.



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