Wine of the Week -Benegas Don TIburcio, Liberad Estate Wines, 2010

Winemaker Federico Benegas Lynch blends Malbec and Petit Verdot with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon in this rich and delicious wine from Argentina. Merlot adds the plummy notes and depth. Federico comes from a family with a long tradition of making wines since the 1800s and grew up in El Trapiche, the winery his great grandfather founded in 1883. He later moved to Buenos Aires but returned to his roots in 19999 to buy Finca Libertad.

His wines are harvested manually and aged in old concrete underground tanks that he restored.  Today his capacity is around 120,000 bottles. Warm days and cold nights result in grapes with high concentration, ripe tannins and acidity.

The Benegas Don Tiburcio ages well, with soft texture and deep cherry fruit. A bit of Cabernet Franc in the blend adds what Lynch calls aromatic lift, while the Cabernet Sauvignon contributes structure and a touch of cassis. Visit http://www.bodegabenegas.com/eng/libertad.php

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