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2016 Ben Marco Malbec

2016 Ben Marco Malbec

This wine is on sale until June 9th in select Costco clubs.  I have seen wine sales extend past the date given on the signs, so it is possible that it will remain on sale for longer. 

The current sale price is $9.99, with a $4 discount from the regular $13.99 price.  Because I like a good Malbec, and love a good sale, purchasing this was a no-brainer for me.

2016 Ben Marco Malbec

The Malbec comes from Valle de Uco in Mendoza.  This area is high-elevation and gets substantial sunlight.  I love wines from high-elevation vineyards because they tend to display a complexity and bright fruit character that some wines lack. 

Warm, sunny days and cool nights allow for extended hang-time which allows the fruit to really develop without passing the peak of physiological ripeness.  High-quality Bordeaux varietal wines from Argentina are arguably some of the best wines in the world and often at very fair prices. 

While this wine is not what I would call top-tier, it is easily a mid-range Malbec and one that could pass at a restaurant for $12 per glass.  It pours very dark purple and has pungent aromas of ripe black fruits, vanilla, and cinnamon.  There is a floral quality to the wine as well.

2016 Ben Marco Malbec

The juice is made from 100% Malbec that has undergone complete malolactic fermentation which can round out a red wine and give it a smoother mouthfeel.  After a period of time resting on its lees with frequent batonage, the wine is aged in 100% second-use French oak. 

This is why I pick up so much cinnamon on the nose.  Moderate tannin and subtle acidity make this good to drink on its own or pair with food.  Recommended food pairings include medium-intensity cheeses, sausages, and Bolognese. 

This wine is a good value at $13.99 and somewhat of steal for $9.99.  If you are a Malbec fan, definitely try to get out and pick up a few of these before the sale potentially ends. Rating: 91 Points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)

Alcohol: 13%

Costco Item Number: 101580

Purchased in Alpharetta GA


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Solid wine for the price point. Very approachable by itself and also pairs nicely with food. Nice to see there are tasty options below the $15 price point throughout Costco.


Saturday 8th of June 2019 i bought two bottles of this wine at the Durham Costco today for $6.99

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