REVIEW: Benegas Lynch Meritage “Libertad Vineyard” 2002

March 24th, 2009 by Jeff


Mendoza, Argentina


  • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 50% Cab Franc
  • 15% Merlot
  • 5% Petit Verdot.


There is nothing particularly interesting about the nose…it was kind of shy.


This wine is huge in the mouth.  Tannins are present but very round and soft.  Plummy rich fruit, vanilla, and a velvety soft mid-palette.  The finish is surprisingly short for what I was expecting in a wine of this pedigree.  There is not exactly any “waves of flavor.”


I opened this wine and poured it into a glass at 9:00AM and let it sit until 12:30PM per the wine rep’s instructions.   It really didn’t do much for me.   I then left some for the next evening.  It seemed to have a dryer texture, the spice started to show a little, and the complexity improved…but nothing mind-blowing.  In truth, it turned out to be a huge disappointment.  This wine retails for about $35 and I expected a lot more “value” from a wine from Argentina.

I think the wine rep was anticipating a great review, and I was expecting something pretty impressive.  But  frankly, I’m shocked by the price of this good, but far from great wine.

One positive comment:  the empty bottle weighs about 3lbs….really good glass!

The Som Rating: 5/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

The Som Rating: 5/10 Scarlett Johansson Heads

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