BenMarco Expresivo

Gualtallary, Uco Valley, Mendoza

Tasting Notes

Gualtallary is recognized for its calcareous alluvial soils. As a result, BenMarco Expresivo is a lineal, fresh wine, with aromas of blackberries and violets. It stands out for its mineral notes, balanced natural acidity and firm tannins. Great aging potential.

Red meats, roasted pork tenderloin, hard cheeses and most cream-based sauces.

Grapes hand-selected. Destemming and soft crushing. Either one delestage or one push-down per day, combined with pump-overs. Cold maceration for four days. Fermentation at 30°C (82°F) maximum. Aging: 14 months, in French oak barrels (70% new, 30% second-use).

Blend is 85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc Alcohol 14.3%; acidity 5.9 g/L.

Grapes are grown in Gualtallary, Uco Valley at an elevation of 1,285 m (4,216 ft) Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils which allow adequate water drainage.

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. One delestage & one pillage daily, combined with pump overs.  Max. Temp. 30º C. Extended maceration 40 days. Aging: 14 months in 100 % new French oak barrels

Blend is 80% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 14.3%; acidity 6.1 g/L.

Grapes are grown in Gualtallary, Uco Valley at an elevation of 1,285 m (4,216 ft) Gualtallary is well-known for its chalky alluvial soils which allow adequate water drainage.

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. It is a vertical wine with ultra fine-grained tannins and a long finish, with great aging potential.

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.

  • 93+

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    Wine Advocate, March 2021

    "The modern, clean and floral 2018 BenMarco Expresivo is a blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary with an élevage in barriques, 70% of them new, for 14 months. It's only faintly oaky and reveals good freshness and fine-grained tannins. 60,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2019."

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  • 94

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    Tim Atkin, April 2021

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  • 95

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    James Suckling, April 2020

    "A beautiful, creamy red with blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body. Polished, caressing tannins. Persistent finish. Always dialed-in. Drink or hold."

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    Vinous, September 2019

    "Bright, dark ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, plum and licorice are lifted by floral and sexy oak notes and complemented by a touch of chocolatey ripeness, with a subtle leafy quality emerging with air. A step up in richness and sweetness from the Malbec if a bit more brooding and serious in the early going. If this wine does not yet display the subtle complexity of the 2017 Cabernet, it already stands out for its sexy use of new oak, smooth texture and tangy salty minerality. The palate-staining, taste bud-titillating finish is stylish, suavely tannic and very long, with terrific mineral grip. (Incidentally, a second sample showed similar components but they were far more knit, and this bottle more clearly displayed the Cabernet Franc component in its tobacco leaf and black pepper notes. I can see this wine going on for at least another decade.) (14.5% alcohol; from 17-year-old vines in Finca Dominio Gualta, just below Catena's Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary, cropped at about 2.5 tons per acre; aged in 100% new oak)"

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  • 95

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    James Suckling, March 2019

    "A blend of malbec and cabernet franc, this red shows depth and focus with tightness and beauty. Full-bodied and very tight with some tar and asphalt. Very long and compact. Needs a year or two of bottle age. Try after 2021."

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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

    "Bright, full ruby. Lovely nutty oak notes complement blackberry and violet on the nose. In a rather cool, even slightly lean style, showing an obvious herbal element to its dark berry and licorice flavors. The oak still needs a year or two to meld with the wine's fruit. Good calcaire lift gives grip to the finish."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "There is great purity in the 2016 BenMarco Expresivo. It's floral, ethereal, fresh and complex, and it's still very young and lively in a way that I really like. This year the blend is 75% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc, with all the wild herbs and flowers from Gualtallary. It has a vibrant palate, with the varieties nicely integrated and complementing each other. 22,000 bottles were filled in July 2017."

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    Wine Enthusiast, August 2019

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, April 2018

    "This really builds on the nose with notes of pure blackcurrants, iodine, ink, graphite, crushed stones, flint, morello-cherry essence and licorice. The fresh purity of the fruit that permeates the entire palate is what makes this wine. The tannins are so compact and dialed-in, framing tons of violet and lavender flavors and carrying them long on the finish. 75% malbec and 25% cabernet franc. Drink in 2022."

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    Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

    "The 2015 BenMarco Expresivo is 87% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, which is a little more Malbec and less Cabernet Franc than the 2016. It has the generous profile of the vintage within the freshness of the place, so it combines power and elegance. The palate is polished and sleek, with round tannins. 30,000 bottles produced."

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

    "This is a structured and powerful wine for the vintage with lots of polished tannins and beautiful cool and intense fruit. Full to medium body, tight tannins and a flavorful finish. Need a year or two but already gorgeous."

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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2018

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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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    Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

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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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