We snapped this photo last night while waiting for our bill at Cluny. The wine was Trapiche’s “Fond de Cave”, which was actually a beautiful wine (we looked past the fact that Trapiche is a huge production in Argentina: sometimes, big doesn’t mean better or worse, right? Stereotyping in the wine world and beyond is always negative!).
The wine, a 2008 reserve Malbec from Mendoza, was aged in oak for 15 months. It exhibited an almost overripe fruit on the nose, yet it was surprisingly lean and thin-bodied, and was a nice compliment to the veal skirt steak and the sweet potatoes served with Cluny’s pork tenderloin. We recommend this wine for those looking to stray from the typical full-bodied Malbecs of Mendoza. At $20 (US) per bottle, it is also a great buy.