Not every day do I have the opportunity to meet one-on-one over a wine tasting with a Chief Winemaker. So when I learned about the chance, of course, I had to take it. Chief Winemaker Sergio Casé visited New York City all the way from Argentina on October 27 & 28. I had a one-on-one wine tasting with Sergio Case, Chief Winemaker of Trapiche Wines on October 28th, 2021 in New York City. We had a lively conversation with him about Mendoza, Valle de Uco, Millenials wine choices, and we tasted some magnificent Trapiche wines.
Trapiche Wines: One of Argentina’s Most Awarded Wineries
Trapiche Wines is, according to Drink Business, one of Argentina’s most awarded wineries. With over 130 years of experience crafting world-class wines, Trapiche has led Argentina’s position in the global market. Trapiche Wines has been one of the leading producers of Malbec globally. Thereafter, Trapiche Wines has raised the standard of Argentina’s wines and pioneering the winemaking process within the country. In addition, this iconic winery has been characterized for its innovative spirit and sustainable practices. As a result, Trapiche Wines deliver an exceptional wine portfolio recognized with a legacy of accolades worldwide. Learn more about Trapiche Wines here.
As a fourth-generation member in a family devoted to winemaking, Sergio Casé took his first steps into the business at 13. Aside from his father, he fell in love with a career that granted him Trapiche winemaking’s leadership. Driven by his passion for wines, Sergio has explored the soils profoundly and studied the altitude of every region in Mendoza. With that experience, he understands what the Mendoza terroir offers.
The insider’s winemaking perspective from Sergio, a recognized expert in Mendoza’s terroir, made me realize his wine passion. One can think that, Malbec is the staple of Argentina winemaking because of terroir. However, the success of Malbec in Argentina is due to the hard work and care of people like him and his team that pay particular attention to the quality of the Malbec grapes every year.
The Wine Tasting
During the one-on-one wine tasting with Sergio Casé Chief Winemaker of Trapiche Wines, we tasted a lineup of stellar wines. We also discuss Mendoza’s geography, terroir, and history through Sergio’s personal stories and insights. We discussed particularly how Trapiche Wines offer a wide range of body levels to be served along with different fare. Is typical to serve the bold Malbec with Asado Argentino, or a Steak. As a pescetarian, I also see some of these Malbec pairing deliciously with a Grilled Bronzino and a creamy mushroom sauce.
The Wines that we tried were Trapiche Oak Cask Malbec, Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon, Trapiche Finca Coletto Terroir Series Malbec 2015 and Trapiche Medalla Cabernet Sauvingon 2013. My favorite was Trapiche Finca Coletto Terroir Series Malbec 2015 which Sergio said it is sourced from this specific Finca listed in the label: Finca Coletto. This Malbec vineyard is well above 60 years of age. It is located in El Peral, in Tupungato, at an elevation of 1,127 meters (3,700 feet) above sea level. This is one of the highest altitude areas in Mendoza for growing Malbec. According to Sergio, the combination of the altitude, vine age and the detailed care during harvest makes this place a unique terroir for this variety. This is a premium Malbec, one of the best I have ever had.
Nonetheless, the Trapiche Oask Malbec is very easy going and I was surprised to find them so easy to drink. Good acidity but moderated as it showcases the typical notes of Malbec but with a lighter body. Is one of the best sold Malbec in the US and is available in Total Wines and Wine.com
Get yourself the gift of a Trapiche Malbec this Holiday Season and thank me later.