James Suckling 93
The freshness and saltiness to this is fantastic. Medium-to full-bodied, firm and super silky with an extremely long and driven finish. Vertical and focused.
by James Suckling, JS, 2019.
Vinous Media 90
Bright ruby-red. Lovely violet lift to the aromas of blackberry and cherry. Plush, rich and sweet, with its crushed black raspberry and black pepper flavors offering considerable immediate appeal. Less gripping than the Cabernet Sauvignon but smooth and refined, showing good depth of flavor. Finishes classically dry and pure, with a light dusting of tannins that are not quite as smooth as those of the Cabernet. I'd give this wine another 6 to 12 months in the bottle before pulling the cork. Incidentally, Edgardo del Ppolo is responsible for making the BenMarco wines, in the same Agrelo winery in which the Susana Balbo wines are made.
by Vinous Media, ST, 2019.
Wine Advocate 92
Produced with grapes from Los Chacayes, the 2017 BenMarco Malbec has a mixture of floral and black and red fruit aromas with some spicy and toasty notes, coming through as aromatic and expressive. It has a juicy palate with freshness and a very tasty and expressive finish.
by Robert Parker, LG, 2019.
BenMarco is all about viticulture. Having planted more than 3,000 acres of vineyards across Argentinas diverse terroirs, Edgardo Edy Del Popolo, General Manager of Susana Balbo Wines in Mendoza and head winemaker for BenMarco, is Argentinas most knowledgeable vineyard manager. He has tasted almost every piece of dirt!
BenMarco wines are made with minimal intervention to allow for the purest interpretation of whats underground on the extreme sites where the grapes for BenMarco are grown. I try to avoid adding my influence to BenMarco wines, Edy says. What I really like to see is what the vines can do, without any kind of winemaking influence.
BenMarco Malbec is a testament to Uco Valley, from which it hails, proffering aromas of fresh black fruit and floral notes of violets. The palate shows great balance, very fine tannins, and a thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and going its length. Aged for 11 months in 100 second-use French oak. Pair with beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
Los Chacayes as a GI is among the warmest appellations in the Uco Valley. Its heat summation is situated slightly above other GIs like Gualtallary and Altamira. This is a colluvium (rounded stones) - alluvium (square-jagged gravels) soil, with a sandy loam frame in the first 10 inches that confers excellent drainage. The second layer is formed by a large amount of calcareous incrustations and white colored stones down until 6 feet. A layer of black caliche splits the last layer leaving a sandy loam bed underneath.
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In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza.