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96 points James Suckling: "Extremely beautiful aromas of dried flower, currant, fresh leather and some tar. Full body with silky tannins that give a beautiful texture that leads to ripe currant, orange peel and incense. Complex and complete. 50% Malbec from Agrelo and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from Valle de Uco. So beautiful now but will age gracefully." (5/2016) K&L Notes: A joint venture between Nicolas Catena and Lafite-Rothschild, the Bodegas Caro Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon (the tried and true Argentinean take on a Bordeaux blend) has become one of the most consistenly highly reviewed Argentin... Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "***Best Values*** This ripe red is filled with plenty of dark chocolate and Asian spice notes up front, wrapped around flavors of roasted plum, dark currant and wild herb. Features a luscious mouthfeel, with a finish supported by medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2020. 30,000 cases imported. (KM)" (5/2016)
Pascual Toso is based in Mendoza's Maipú district, a historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city. Their Malbec is a standby of the section for its supple, juicy red and dark fruits. A standby Malbec for a very attractive price. The 2014 vintage has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2013 bottling garnered 90 points from James Suckling.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Gran Terroir Malbec is a blend from different vineyards in Gualtallary, the highest part of the department of Tupungato in the Valle de Uco. The grapes fermented in cement vats and matured in used oak barrels for approximately one year. It's very perfumed and spicy, aromatic in a way that makes you go to the glass over and over again. The palate has the 2013 electricity and the Gualtallary chalkiness making for supple, tasty and saline flavors and a very long finish. Simply superb! (LG)" (8/2015)
This is perhaps the most traditionally made red wine in Argentina. It's awesome, I love it, our staff loves it, and I suspect many of you looking for something different from Argentina might love it as well. A blend of 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet, this is a savory, dark-cherry-fruited wine, with an excellent sense of individuality and style. Interestingly, the Cab and Merlot seem to stand out much more so than the Malbec in this year's bottling. Fermented in concrete and then aged in used Nevers oak, this is a distinctive wine that's very muc... Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Eggo Tinto de Tiza is a blend from three different vineyards in Tupungato Winelands in Gualtallary. It's a blend of mostly Malbec with some Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. As is the case with the whole Eggo range, the wine didn't see any oak, and in this case it was matured in egg-shaped cement vats for one year. There are violets, plums, dark cherries and something earthy. This is slightly riper than the 2013. The medium-bodied palate has is fresh with a silky texture, pure flavors and a mineral-driven finish. At this price I'd buy it by ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The grapes of the 2014 Malbec were harvested very early and 70% of them fermented using carbonic maceration. The freshness is so impressive that I had to look at the alcohol level, which is half a degree lower than in the fresher 2013 vintage! There are some herbal aromas (think raspberry leaf), bright cherries and flowers, even lilies. The palate is very tasty, with some subtle bitter flavors, fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a triumph over the vintage. Bravo! This should be readily available, as they produced 500,000 bottles of it. And it's ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* A beautifully perfumed wine. It shows an elegant side to Cahors, offering intense and juicy blackberry fruit that override the dark tannins. The wine has weight and power and remains finely proportioned. Age for 4-5 years." (6/2012) 90 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with plenty of juiciness to the crushed red fruit flavors, joined by intense raspberry and red currant notes. Powerful dark chocolate accents fill the finish, which offers lots of spice." (9/2012)
The Elsa Malbec comes from Valentin Bianchi's Doña Elsa estate in the cool reaches of San Rafael, Mendoza. With just a kiss of French oak, the rich fruit dominates this easy-drinking red, which has barely-there tannins. Invoke your inner-Argentine and drink this alongside grilled flank steak with a garlicky chimichurri. Many previous vintages recommended by Wine Enthusiast as a "Best Buy."
93 points James Suckling: "Beautiful aromas of blackberry, black licorice and spice follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a blueberry, dark chocolate and light nut aftertaste. Drink or hold." (6/2015) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Malbec comes from two old vineyards in La Consulta (Rosas and Paganoto) and some 30% from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It has a nose of smoke and peat intermixed with violets, plums and dark cherries. The palate has a fine texture shaped by sweet, round tannins and good freshness. This is a very tasty Malbec. (LG)" (8/2015) Vinous: "Cassis, black cherry and oak not ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The highly polished and aromatic 2014 Llama Malbec is perfumed, clean and pleasant. The palate is soft and approachable, easy to drink. A commercial Malbec. The Belasco family from Navarra in Spain owns the wineries Marco Real and Señorio de Andion in their homeland. In 2003 they started a winery in Mendoza, in the famous Calle Cobos. (LG)" (8/2015)
Vinous: "Saturated dark ruby. Aromas of blackberry, violet and tobacco are complemented by sweet oak notes. Densely packed but light on its feet, with a mineral element and brisk acidity giving the wine an airy quality. The blackberry and espresso flavors show a touch of greenness as well as an almost port-like suggestion of dried fruits. This nicely concentrated wine finishes with good length and a firm tannic spine. (ST)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Atamisque is the first property you will see upon entering the Uco Valley from the north. Run by Loire Valley native Jean Edward, who ... Read More »
Crios means offspring (as in children). Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines that haven't quite 'grown up' to the same level of maturity as her more expensive Susana Balbo signature label wines, but they receive the same loving care and attention throughout the winemaking process. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The three hands represent Susana and her two children.
The vineyards of Cahors date back to the Roman occupation, making them among some of the oldest in France. Nicknamed the "black wine" because of its beautiful opaque color, wines from Cahors were historically used to darken the color of Bordeaux claret. Historically, popes and Russian tsars have imbibed this palate staining wine, which was also the preferred red wine of author Ernest Hemingway. Château la Coustarelle is owned by Michel and Nadine Cassot and located in the village of Prayssac, next to the renowned Clos de Gamot.
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Chaman Malbec Reserva is from La Consulta from vines planted in 2006, has ripe aromas of dark cherries, and is juicy and spicy, floral and perfumed, with ripe, sweet tannins, good acidity and pure, clean flavors that call for the next sip, like an explosion in the mouth, with a salty, tasty, mineral finish. Great Malbec and even better price. Drink now-2018." (4/2014) K&L Notes: Luis Reginato, a real student of winemaking as well as organic viticulture (he is a particular fan of Randall Graham's writings), produces this Malbec from fruit grown exclusively in... Read More »
92 points Wine & Spirits: "Grown organically in Gualtallary, this is a terrific value, a crystal-clear expression of the grape grown in the heights of the Uco Valley. There’s no oak, or anything extravagant about it, just pure and crunchy cherry flavors and flowery notes, with the mineral acidity to refresh roast duck." (2/2016)
95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Calcáreo Granito de Gualtallary starts with lactic notes followed by ripe plum and ripe skin aromas from grapes grown at higher altitude, closer to the sun. It is a bit wild. The palate is tremendously mineral, with a chalky texture and incredible length. The tannins are ultra-fine and the wine is compact, very harmonious. This is the more austere and mineral of the three. Awesome value! (LG)" (8/2015) K&L Notes: Superuco is a very current look at the most exciting terroir's of Argentina's Uco Valley, as selected by the brothers Michelini, a merry band of gu... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "This wine has balance and finesse with blueberry, blackberry and some walnut character. Full body, fine tannins and a beautiful finish. Drink or hold." (6/2015) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Malbec is produced with the grapes from an ungrafted vineyard planted in 1928 in Mayor Drummond in Luján de Cuyo at some 980 meters altitude and another one in Perdriel. After hand-sorting the grapes, the wine macerated in 50- and 80-hectoliter tanks for three weeks. It matured in a combination of new, second- and third-use French oak barrels for 12-14 months. It has a lactic nose intermix ...Read More »
90 points James Suckling: "This is so floral on the nose with hints of citrus. Full bodied but lightly silky with a very tangy, juicy character. Very fruity and delicious. Drink now." (8/2014) 90 points Wine Spectator: "There's an enticing floral quality to the cherry, plum and wild berry flavors, with juniper notes midpalate. Features plenty of fresh acidity, with a complex, minerally finish that delivers hints of hoisin sauce. (KM)" (3/2015) Vinous: "Bright red-ruby. Aromas of crushed dark berries and kirsch are lifted by a cool violet topnote. At once dense and juicy, with brisk acidity framing the fine-grained flavo ...Read More »
Gen d'A is yet another Michelini brothers project, started by Gerardo Michelini and his wife Andrea Mufatto. They use fruit grown on a single vineyard in Gualtallary (within the Tupungato sub-zone). If you expect Malbec to be big, brawny and spicy, then this wine will come as quite a shock: it's actually 50-50 Malbec and Pinot Noir, picked rather early and fermented with whole clusters and carbonic maceration. It's all crunchy, tangy red berry fruit, a wine that is incredibly light on its feet and refreshing. Think good grower cru Beaujolais or even Anjo... Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(reportedly from vines between 70 and 110 years of age): Good dark red. Dried redcurrant, red plum and cherry on the nose, with notes of leather, geranium, licorice and old barrel. Juicy and intense, with strong acidity giving a penetrating character to the flavors of red cherry, plum, currant and leather. Finishes with smooth tannins, good cut and length, and a building dusty oak quality. Very old-style malbec." (4/2013)
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Malbec Estate is a blend of the three Malbecs sold separately as Lote Especial differentiating altitude and location, and it's approximately 5% from Cafayate which adds ripeness and roundness, with the backbone being from Colomé and representing some 70% of the blend and 25% of El Arenal. From this vintage the style and the varietal blend has changed to 100% Malbec (it used to have Tannat, Cabernet and Petit Verdot in the past) and the style is influenced because the El Arenal vineyard is increasing its production and adds freshness and tannic s ...Read More »
Called one of Cahors' "top producers" by Wine Enthusiast. (05/2012) A blend of 97% Malbec with 3% Tannat, this Cahors is sourced from 30-50 year old vines planted in calcareous clay. The vineyard yields a modest and concentrated crop of grapes which are sorted before pressing and given an extended, temperature-controlled maceration to extract the best of what the fruit has to offer. The wine then spent 12 months in 50% new oak barrels before being bottled.
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Single Vineyard Limavida is produced with the fruit from a 2.3-hectare, un-grafted, dry-farmed, old vineyard from Maule planted back in 1945 with mixed varieties, mainly Malbec (around 80%) and other red grapes, mainly Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon on granitic soils. It displays a bright ruby color with strong aromas of flowers (the telltale violets that the best Malbec really masters) and notes of aniseed, red fruit, licorice, smoked hints and the tension and acidity from the old vines with fine-grained tannins. With time in the glass, it de ...Read More »
93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes is sourced from the Chacayes zone of Tunuyán on top of Vista Flores towards the mountains. It has a riper, spicier, floral, and aromatic profile with notes of thyme and rosemary. It is the most extroverted of the three, and also feels quite polished. The palate, however, is more serious, with the austerity of the rocks, a very fine thread of subtle acidity and a long, long, long finish with sweeter tannins. Its a rolling stone covered in chalk and surrounded by thyme. Awesome! 3,000 bottles were produced. (LG) ...Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Malbec from Perdriel, the only young wine he sells, is a fresh, serious Malbec mixing notes of ripe fruit, tobacco, pollen and honey with very good freshness, clean and pure flavors, sweet tannins and length. No fireworks, just a great young Malbec. Drink now-2017. I had the chance to taste the wines of Carmelo Patti with his importer in Madrid and also visited his small winery in Mendoza. Patti is an old timer, a no-nonsense winemaker who lives wine and is really enthusiastic about wine culture. His production methods are really traditional, ...Read More »
91 points Vinous: "(70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot): Bright red-ruby. Cassis, blackberry, licorice, chocolatey oak and violet on the nose, with a suggestion of almost liqueur-like ripeness. Then extremely fine-grained and suave on the palate, showing insidious intensity and captivating inner-mouth floral lift to its dark berry and licorice flavors. A prime example of the slow, steady ripening that was possible in the 2013 growing season. Finishes classically dry and rather powerful, with sweet tannins and excellent length. Another ...Read More »
Wine Spectator: "This offers lots of bramble, tapenade and savory elements amid a core of dark cherry and bitter plum fruit flavors. A long brushstroke of tobacco coats the finish. On the rustic side, but with pure notes and nice energy. (Web Only 2016)"
Roberto Rodriguez Canal, part-time San Francisco resident, is one of the partners in Platense wines, the company who produces Aleph and brings it to market. According to Roberto: "We do not produce wine to please mass demand. Our wines are not over-extracted and definitely not over-oaked, we produce limited quantity of wine with its own character." The Aleph name is a tribute to a short story penned by the great master of fiction, Luis Borges. Fruit is sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, the traditional home base for Mendoza wine country's historic bodegas as we... Read More »
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Calcáreo Coluvio de Altamira is closed and tight, feeling the most austere and chalk-driven of the three reds I tasted form the Calcáreo line. The grapes are selected from a small part of the vineyard where the calcium carbonate is seen in the surface. It's a serious, balanced and terribly salty and mineral red with the violets of Malbec intermixed with crushed rocks and even a marine feeling to it. Complex, subtle, elegant...terrific! And very affordable too. 3,000 bottles produced, the content of the amphora. (LG)" (8/2015) K&L Notes: Superuco is a very cu... Read More »
Inventory: San Francisco
95 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice* This vintage is even better than the prior version, which is almost unimaginable, but there it is. Floral and as tempting as blueberry pie, this concoction from Jesse Katz is velvety smooth and silky on the palate. White chocolate dances around its edges, along with a strong suggestion of cigar, which may perhaps come from the fine lady on the label." (7/2016) 93 points James Suckling: "Fun stuff here. Lots of rich and delicious fruit with blackberry and blueberry character. Yet it shows form and intensity with chewy tannins. Bring on the meat. Plus, I have seen th ...Read More »
Produced from all estate fruit, this delicious Malbec is a wonderful represenation of the Uco Valley's Gualtallary district, with bright, high toned red fruit further defined by excellent minerality. From vineyards with sandy loam over gravel, the wine is aged for 18 months in french oak, 50% of which is new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. A great representation of a fine vintage in 2013, as well as a new frontier in Malbec! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean wine buyer)
Inventory: Redwood City
Though it's relatively unusual to find Italian Malbecs, the grape, in fact, is very well suited to the climate and soils of Maremma, the region best known for producing famed Super Tuscans such as Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Its tufo soils are so revered that they inspired the name Vie Cave, which is a nod to the early Etruscan roads carved into this volcanic rock. The 2009 vintage started wet and mild, but by harvest time, the grapes were beautifully ripe and balanced. The resulting Malbec is luxurious, but maintains a nice core acidity to make it food fri... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse