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95 points Decanter: "Gorgeous nose exhibiting an array of aromas such as peppery mulberry, sour and black cherry, violet and a subtle touch of wild strawberry jam. The palate is full, complex, with a fantastic energy and bursting with ripe dark plums; tannins are impressively silky and freshness is amazing. An exceptional nectar from the Agrelo terroir." K&L Notes: Michael Schachner of Wine Enthusiast writes: "As recently as the 1990s, many Argentine wineries produced crude, inconsistent wines that were heavy and lacked balance. Today, following in the footsteps of quality-minded pionee... Read More »
95 points James Suckling: "A soft and silky red with violet, berry and dark fruits on the nose and palate. Full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Extremely well craft with elegance and style. Made from high vineyards in Uco Valley with consulting enologist from Bordeaux Jean-Claude Berrouet. Drink or hold." (6/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Tapiz Alta Collection Malbec from eight-year-old vineyards in San Pablo (Uco Valley) that are planted on stonier soils and matured in new and used French oak barrels for one year. It's a juicy, quite fruit-driven, ripe Malbec with some notes of cereals ...Read More »
96 points Decanter: "Refreshing, beautiful nose with herbal and minty cool notes but also some chalky, mineral nuances so characteristic of the Gualtallary terroir. Bags of red fruits and lemon on the palate, vibrant, with a sensational invigorating freshness. Austere, precise, Malbec is one of the few grapes able to get such a pure expression. Texture is amazing, tannins are finely grained and oak is superbly managed. This is the treasure of Argentina." 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 ...Read More »
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."
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.
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 »
Wine Enthusiast: "Bright purple in color, this dwells on the natural dark fruitiness of Malbec, without any wood aging. Black currants and berries dominate this bright wine with its attractive acidity. It's a wine to drink now for its vigorous fruitiness. (RV)" (6/2016) Wine Spectator: "Currant and underripe blackberry flavors are matched with dried herb, peppercorn and mineral notes in this crisp, medium-bodied red. Moderate tannins and a tangy acidity persist through the finish. Drink now through 2018. (GS)" (9/2016)
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 »
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) K&L Notes: Based in the Gualtallary district of the Uco Valley... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "This is so savory and subtle with lemon and blackberry character. Full-bodied, yet dense and refined. Such beauty. Pure." (6/2015) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The nose of the 2014 Malbec is remarkably similar to the 2013 showing high-pitched aromas of wild berries and flowers. Its in the palate where you find a little more savoriness, perhaps more spicy flavors with a slightly bitter finish. It's a blend of grapes from different location across Mendoza that represents very well what is the Achával-Ferrer interpretation of Malbec. (LG)" (8/2014) 91 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (2/2016) Jancis Robinson: "Very fresh ...Read More »
Jancis Robinson: "Dark blackish ruby with lots of evolution at the rim. Heady combination of liquorice and Fishermen’s Friend menthol on the nose. Sweet and rounded on the palate with none of the sassy aggression of a typical 2010 Mendoza Malbec. Really very distinctive with a gentle smoky, charry finish and lots of mellow fruit. (JR)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: 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... 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.
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 »
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 »
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 Decanter: "This almost fluorescent ruby red Malbec-Pinot Noir offers gorgeous aromas of violets, raspberries and orange peel. Fresh, sharp acidity and crisp minerality in the mouth serve to frame the crunchy cherries. Full of energy and nervosity, an exceptional wine with real tension and a lengthy finish." 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It's only 12.0% alcohol, has crunchy red fruit plus remarkable acidity and minerality. The first wine was produced in 2014 and sold out in Buenos Aires in 20 days. The challenge was to replicate it in 2015, if possible, with more freshness and slightly larger volu ...Read More »
96 points James Suckling: "This is so sexy and polished. Full-bodied, yet refined and long. Seamless and ethereal. Drink or hold." (5/2016) 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 t... 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! (LG)" (8/2015) 91 points Vinous: "Bright, saturated medium ru ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "**Editors' Choice** This is a powerful wine, full of dark fruits and dense dry tannins. Even at four-years-old, it is still young. It is impressive in its concentration with fine acidity and black-plum flavors mingling with the tannins. Drink this serious wine from 2018. (RV)" (11/2016) K&L Notes: Is Cahors France’s greatest undiscovered wine? In the southwestern French winegrowing region of Cahors, the majestic Malbec varietal finds its ancestral home, often producing wines of great intensity and character. The indigenous Malbec was cultivated here during Gallo-Roma... 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)"
90 points Vinous: "Good deep red-ruby. The nose combines a port-like black cherry note with scents of violet and bitter chocolate. Despite an initial suggestion of stewed black fruits, the very ripe palate is spicy, juicy and vibrant, showing very good density and concentration as well as a light touch. The most concentrated and structured of these single-vineyard Malbec bottlings, with the flavors of spicy red and black fruits carrying well on the back end. A terrific value. (ST)" (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "Fruity aromas and flavors of raspberry and blueberry dominate this fresh, focused red ...Read More »
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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 »
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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Single Vineyard Las Cruces is sourced from a 2.8-hectare alluvial terrace in Cachapoal, opposite Peumo, a dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1957 on granitic and clay soils. In Cachapoal it rains around 500 millimeters per year, compared with the Maule Valley where it rains around 800 millimeters. These old vineyards are planted with a mix of about two-thirds Malbec and the rest Carmenere. They are harvested when the Malbec is ready, then everything is co-fermented. This wine has a fresh note of red fruits, violets, a hint of raspberry leaf and some ...Read More »
Pascual Toso is based in Mendoza's Maipú district, a historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city. Their Malbec is a benchmark of the section for its supple, juicy red and dark fruits. Even better, it carries a very friendly price.
Bret Barrett of the Wine Spectrum writes: "William Knuttel’s philosophy has long been to make an enormous range of wines in various styles in any given vintage, for the simple reason that a winemaker only gets to make a limited number of vintages over his lifetime. This wealth of experience has led directly to his adherence to traditional winemaking practices, which lead to balanced, elegant wines that pair well with foods and have excellent aging potential—the hallmarks of classic wine. He has been head winemaker at Saintsbury from 1983-1996, Charlk Hil... Read More »
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2013 Repris "Moon Mountain Vineyard" Sonoma County Malbec
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 2013 Repris "Moon Mountain Vineyard" Sonoma County Malbec. This comes from the same unique winery that was dynamited into a mountain, caves and all, above Sonoma Valley in 1981 and called Carmenet, of the Chalone wine group. Still cradled in a secluded natural amphitheater in the Mayacamas Mountains above Sonoma, the site's reboot is called Repris Wines, and is owned by Jim Momtazee. The winery still makes Bordeaux varietals and blends from the estate vineyards. These wines are generally not seen in the marketplace, being only available to winery members or to visitors who make the trek up the mountain. The Sonoma Valley area (this particular site is now located within the new Moon Mountain District AVA, a sub-appellation) has some very limited, but very promising Malbec bottlings in recent years.
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2013 Repris "Moon Mountain Vineyard" Sonoma County Malbec (qty: 3)
End Date: Oct 25 2016 2:30PM PT