BenMarco Expresivo

Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils which allow adequate water drainage. The result in BenMarco Expresivo, is a wine with deep, bright ruby color. It has chalk, earthy, floral, peppercorn tree fruits notes. It is a vertical wine with ultra-fine grained tannins, long after taste and great aging potential.

Grilled meats, veal, medium-strong cheeses and spicy sauces.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumping over and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 30º C. Extended maceration 30 days. Aged for 14 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 75% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 13.5%; acidity 6.1 g/L.

Grapes are grown in Gualtallary, Uco Valley at an elevation of 1,285 m. Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils which allow adequate water drainage.

Tasting Notes

Deep, bright ruby color. It has chalky, earthy, floral, and peppercorn tree fruit notes. It is a vertical wine with ultra-fine grained tannins, long finish and great aging potential.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumpingover and delestage three times a day. Max. temp. 30º C. Extended maceration 30 days. Aged for 14 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 87% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 14.4%; acidity 5.9 g/L.

Grapes are grown in Gualtallary, Uco Valley at an elevation of 1,285 m. Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils which allow adequate water drainage.

Tasting Notes

BenMarco Expresivo is a wine with deep, bright ruby color. It has chalky, earthy, floral, and peppercorn tree fruit notes.

Grilled meats, veal, medium-strong cheeses and spicy sauces.

Hand-picked grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. Pump-overs three times a day. Fermentation at maximum temperature of 30º C. Extended maceration 30 days. Aged 14  months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 80% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.3 g/l

The grapes for BenMarco Expresivo are grown at an elevation of 1,285 m. Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils, which allow adequate water drainage.

Tasting Notes

BenMarco Expresivo has aromas of blackberry, peppercorn tree, violet, mineral notes, balanced natural acidity and firm fine-grained tannins.

Grilled steak, roasted pork loin, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and cream sauces.

Hand-picked grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. Pump-overs three times a day. Fermentation at maximum temperature of 30º C. Extended maceration 30 days. Aged 14  months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 65% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol 14.5% Acidity 5,6 g/l

The grapes for BenMarco Expresivo are grown at an elevation of 1,285 m. Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils, which allow adequate water drainage.

Tasting Notes

2012 BenMarco Expresivo is deep, bright ruby in color with black currant, tangerine, and licorice aromas. Full body, firm tannins and layers of pretty fruit, plus just a hint of vanilla bean, make this wine energetic and exciting.

Grilled steak, roasted pork loin, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and cream sauces.

Hand picked, destemmed, lightly crushed. Pumpingover and delestage three times a day. Max. Temp. 31º C. Extended maceration 35 days. Oak aged 14 months in 100% new French oak barrels.

Blend is 45% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, 15% Tannat, and 5% Bonarda. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.68 g/l

Grapes are grown at an average elevation of 1,060m. The Malbec is from Vista Flores, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Los Árboles, the Syrah from Eugenio Bustos, and the Tannat and Bonarda from Ugarteche.

Tasting Notes

Wafting aromas of red currants, black cherries and mildly smoky and sweet vanilla oak. Layers of currant, dense black cherry, and notes of brown spice (cocoa, nutmeg), dark chocolate, and hints of sandalwood. Perfect balance, great concentration and length, with fine, ripe tannins.

Pairs well with a grilled steak, roasted pork loin, veal, medium-strong cheeses, and most cream sauces.

Hand-harvested grapes are destemmed and lightly crushed. Pump-overs and delestage 3 times a day. Max. Temp. 30°C. Extended maceration. Oak aged 14 months in 100% new French oak barrels with a light toast.

Blend is 50% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Tannat, 5% Petit Verdot, and 5% Bonarda. Alcohol 14.5%; acidity 5.88 g/L

Grapes are grown at an average elevation of 1,080 m (3,543 ft.). The Malbec is sourced from San Pablo and Gualtallary, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from Agrelo, the Syrah from Eugenio Bustos, and the Tannat and Bonarda from Ugarteche.

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2014 BenMarco Expresivo
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

"(aged in 100% new low-toast oak barrels): Bright medium ruby. Blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet aromas showcase the wine's sizable Cabernet Franc component. Sweet, spicy and fine-grained, with cassis and blackberry fruit flavors complicated by spices, smoky oak and dusty herbs. A very complex blend, showing much more new oak than the two varietal bottlings. The wine's lovely fruit- and spice-driven sweetness gives it early appeal in spite of its firm tannic structure. This wine was fermented in a combination of cement eggs, open-top wood fermenters, 5,000-liter cubes and 500-liter barrels. Finishes with firm, very fine-grained tannins, a suggestion of licorice and excellent length. These BenMarco 2014s show the greater tension of calcaire wines, plus a slightly herbal quality from the 2014 vintage. Incidentally, Susana Balbo has a long-term lease for this fruit; she pays by surface rather than tonnage, which is still rare in Argentina, and leaves a lower crop level."

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2014 BenMarco Expresivo
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

"The one blended wine in the BenMarco line that I tasted was the 2014 BenMarco Expresivo, in this case it's 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, from a young vineyard that gives low yields. The fermentation was completely natural, without any added yeasts, and the élevage was extended to 14 months, also in used French oak barrels. There is more influence from the élevage here, with some smoky, toasty and spicy notes over the core of violets, cherries and just a tiny herbal twist. The palate shows some abundant fine-grained tannins that point at the need to give it some more time in bottle and enjoy it with some hearty food. 15,000 bottles were filled in September 2015."

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2014 BenMarco Expresivo
James Suckling, May 2016

"This is great wine with fabulous transparency and clarity showing blackberry, blueberry and floral character. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a superb finish. 80% malbec and 20% cabernet franc. A wine that gives pleasure now but will be even better in 2020."

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2013 BenMarco Expresivo
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, December 15

"This offers an interesting mix of dried berry and brambl flavors that feature notes of dried ginger and white pepper. Shows savory accents midpalate, with dried beef details on the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now."

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2013 BenMarco Expresivo
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

"Deep, bright ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, bitter chocolate and violet are complemented by a sexy hint of oak char. Dense, intensely flavored and energetic, showing lovely calcaire lift to the flavors of dark berries, spices and spearmint. Finishes sappy, firmly tannic and long, showing an almost chocolatey ripeness along with bright acidity. The calcaire in the soil enables this fruit to ripen well at reasonably low pH levels. The BenMarco wines are very fairly priced."

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2013 BenMarco Expresivo
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, August 2015

"The 2013 BenMarco Expresivo is a blend from the Uco Valley, mostly from Gualtallary, that is approximately 65% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are still some new barrels used with this wine, but it's mostly used oak, which represents a big change for previous vintages. Fresher, more delineated and purer, the palate has chewy tannins but they are nicely compensated by vibrant acidity that makes you salivate. It also has some herbal, balsamic nuances of the Cabernet Franc. Delicious! 10,000 bottles produced."

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2013 BenMarco Expresivo
James Suckling, June 2015

"A silky and delicious wine with tension and vibrancy. Hints of mineral undertones such as stones and salt too. Full body, tight palate, and a long and energetic finish. This is a serious Mendoza red for today. From grapes grown in Gualtallary. Drink now."

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2012 BenMarco Expresivo
Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, 2015

"Dried cherry and boysenberry flavors give this a fruity character, with muscular tannins and a juicy finish that is fresh and well-spiced. Drink now through 2018. 1,000 cases made."

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2012 BenMarco Expresivo
James Suckling, July 2014

"Wow. I like the aromas to this with black currants, tangerines, and licorice. Full body, firm tannins and layers of pretty fruit plus just a hint of vanilla bean. So energetic and exciting. 45% malbec, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% tannat, 15% syrah and 5% bonarda. Better in 2016."

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2011 BenMarco Expresivo
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2014

"(a blend of 50% malbec, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah, 10% tannat, 5% petit verdot and 5% bonarda): Good bright medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, exotic spices, licorice and vanillin oak. Concentrated and high-pitched, with brisk acidity giving shape and definition to the lively flavors of blackberry, violet, cocoa powder and licorice. Has the suave yet serious tannic structure to support a graceful evolution in bottle. Very long on the aftertaste."

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2011 BenMarco Expresivo
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2014

"The 2011 BenMarco Expresivo is a blend from the Uco Valley that changes every year; in 2011 it is around half Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and a little Tannat and Bonarda from Ugarteche aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels. This is really a barrel selection of the best barrels from the Uco Valley. It has added complexity and well-integrated oak, with notes of cigar, chocolate and espresso coffee in the background, with nice notes of violets, black pepper, plums and wild herbs. It is quite aromatic, showy and restrained at the same time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, elegant tannins, and is quite balanced with good freshness and acidity. This supercedes the other wines from the BenMarco range. A great blend at very good price. Drink 2015-2020."

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2011 BenMarco Expresivo
Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, November 2013

"This dark red features crisp acidity to its candied plum, dark cherry and cassis fruit, with red licorice, spice and mocha lining the vibrant finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2018. 750 cases imported."

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