Last week I asked my wife to pick up a bottle of wine with Malbec in it to pair with duck confit pasta, which I was making for dinner – see the recipe in the Scheff’s Table column of Utah Bites. Malbec is usually a good partner for duck confit.
Well with no other guidance from me, Faith came home with an excellent choice: Piattelli Trinita Grand Reserve ($22.99). Not surprisingly, this Malbec-based red wine is produced in Argentina’s Mendoza region. It’s made with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes grown on 30- to 70-year-old vines in the Lujan de Cuyo (DOC) & Uco Valley. Trinita (trinity) refers to the three-grape blend.
This is a delicious wine with moderate tannins that I think of as a “baby Bordeaux.” There’s lots of black fruit and cherry flavors, along with some coffee notes and hints of spice and smoke. Piattelli Trinita Grand Reserve tastes awfully good right now but will improve with age over the next 5-7 years, I believe. Try it the next time you enjoy duck confit.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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