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2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley $29.99
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."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red. Musky aromas of redcurrant, cherry, coffee, plum and cedar, plus hints of game and leather. Supple and on the soft side, with good texture and a hint of rusticity to the broad plum and leather flavors; more red fruits than black. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and easygoing tannins." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Maipú is located in the historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city of Mendoza.
93 points Wine Spectator: "#19 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014!! Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020." (2/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Malbec comes from old vineyards in La Consulta and a dash from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It has a mineral-like, austere feeling, with notes of peach, sour cherries, and sweet spices, a medium-bodied palate with gripping tannins, and ...Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection*...this is a seriously attractive medium-bodied, cool-grown wine with cedary tannins woven through the cassis and plum of the long palate. Outstanding value. Larry Cherubino has had a particularly distinguished winemaking career...the range and quality of his wine is extraordinary, the prices irresistible." (7/2014) K&L Notes: Larry Cherubino is one of the most highly regarded winemakers in Australia in fact he was recently voted (by his peers, the other top flight winemakers) into the current Top Ten Most Talented winemakers in the nation. H... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "A fresh, balanced and harmonious red with cherries, berries and hints of nutmeg character. Full and super integrated with fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish." (7/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, violet, mocha and nutty oak. Suaver and sweeter than the Signature Cabernet, with juicy, fruit-driven black plum, blackberry and violet flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Boasts excellent precision and inner-mouth tension for a wine in this price range. Finishes with a firm tannic spine, sneaky length and a hint of minty ...Read More »
94 points Wine Spectator: "An elegant and refined red, offering bountiful flavors of dark plum, roasted cherry and blackberry pie that are lush and open-textured. Intense notes of dark chocolate and raspberry preserves linger on the spice-infused finish. Drink now through 2020" (2/2014)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Jubilo is a Bordeaux-styled blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon from Vista Flores and La Consulta. It is ripe, with notes of graphite, cedar wood, damsons and blackberries, indicating that the Cabernet steals the show. The palate is also ripe and full-bodied, with gritty tannins a ...Read More »
94 points James Suckling: "Wonderful nose of dark fruits, dark chocolate, spices and hints of graphite. Love the subtle aromas. Full body, with extremely integrated tannins. Wonderful length and refinement. About one-third new wood. Fabulous. Drink or hold." (6/2014) K&L Notes: While they also produce an entry-level bottling as well as an elite high-end bottling, it is this flagship estate wine that represents the soul of Bodega Mendel. A stellar value, this overachiever is sourced from 85-year-old, ungrafted vines and is truly handmade. Grapes are manually sorted and vinified in small lots be... Read More »
Atamisque is the first property you will see upon entering the Uco Valley from the north. Run by Loire Valley native, Jean Edward, who was instrumental in establishing Chandon's Argentine operations in the 1970's, Atamisque is making a very good range of wines from their own vineyards. This Malbec comes from 80 year old vines growing on two separate vineyards in the Uco Valley. A nose of rich, macerated black cherries is intense, nearly pungent, and leads to a palate of big juicy fruit, but with surprising freshness as well. Subtle savory tones and a hin... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Crios Malbec is aromatic and fresh, with notes of violets, ripe plums and a touch of brown sugar, quite showy, with the profile of a cool vintage, the sweet tannins of the Malbec, some sweet spicy flavors and good length. This is very good value. Drink now-2016. (LG)" (4/2014)
Another terrific value from Casas Patronales, here is a version of Malbec that is both true to the grape variety, with generous bright berry fruits, but also the Maule Valley, which to me is all about freshness! Even with 10 months aging in french oak barrels, this wine sacrifices neither its immediacy nor its freshness and shows Malbec's potential in this part of Chile. (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean wine buyer)
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.
Produced from fruit grown in the Las Compuertas section of La Consulta, this is delicious Malbec for a very affordable price. Fresh red plum flavors and a juicy, forward texture suggest balance due to some thoughtful winemaking: fermentation and ageing in concrete tanks. Delicious (and gluggable) Malbec! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)
This is exactly what we have been waiting for - Malbec in a box! Maipe produces wonderful Malbec and we have carried a few of their wines. This version, when recently tasted showed all the wonderful purple fruits you expect in a Malbec, with no discernible influence from oak. Just rich, but balanced and fresh darker fruit flavors. At $9.33 per liter, and given the bag in box's ability to preserve a wine's freshness for much longer, we are huge fans fo this one! (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean and Argentinean wine buyer)
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and bitter chocolate are complicated by a whiff of game. Silky-sweet and supple, with beautifully integrated tannins contributing to an impression of suavity and carrying the fruit through a rather powerful, gripping finish. This should evolve gracefully. (ST)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Produced from biodynamically farmed Malbec, with some Tannat blended in as well, this wine is produced from some of the highest elevation vines in production anywhere in the world, at more than 7,000 feet above sea level! Dark fruit flavors... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Finca Abril owns about 20 hectares of vines, primarily Malbec, with some planted as early as 1922, all in the area around La Consulta (Uco Valley). Richly fruited, with darker berry flavors that create a lush mouthful of wine that still feels honest and balanced. A great Malbec for the money! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentine wine buyer)
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 »
96 points James Suckling: "This is a phenomenal red with beautiful texture and finesse yet dense and concentrated. Full body, with very fine but intense tannins and a bright fruit. It goes on for minutes. All about fabulous texture. Decant before serving. Drink or hold." (6/2014)94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark but nicely driven, with lush blueberry and fig sauce notes carried by broad spice and anise flavors. Long and lush through the graphite-filled finish, without the raisined edge of the vintage just pure fruit that sails on. Really stretches out in the glass. Very impressive. Drink now through 2015. ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Produced from Malbec with just a scant 2-3% Torrontes added in, this is a lovely rosé for the season. A pretty shade of paler pink, the wine is juicy, with nectarine flavors and hints of spice to complement the expected red fruit flavors.
This is a terrific new Chilean Malbec we recently tasted. Yes, you read that correctly, Chilean (not Argentinean) Malbec! Tunquen is a cool project. A couple of Brazilians named Atilio and Mochi, both passionate wine folks, desigined a winery out of an insulated container they chose to locate on a beach near Valparaiso. Their Malbec is utterly delicious and while it shows the juicy, expressive darker berry fruit of Argentinean Malbec, the acidity is more marked and there is an appealing wild side to this as well, all while retainining a refreshing relati... Read More »
Odonata is a small, 1,000 case winery located in Santa Cruz, California, and specializes in small lots from unsung vineyards.
Inventory: San Francisco
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... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Stolen Horse Old Vine Malbec is from the five hectare 'Stolen Horse Vineyard' populated by vines planted in the 1920s. Where does the name come from? When Santiago was looking for a vineyard, he instantly knew that this had to be the one. He tried negotiating a lease with the owner; however, it was not possible because someone had stolen the owner’s horse that was being used to farm these old vines. The good news is that the horse was eventually returned and Santiago managed to arrange a lease. Raised entirely in new oak, it has an intense, head ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense mineral and berry aromas show class and touches of mint and resiny wood. This feels crisp, electric and drawing, while flavors of graphite, mint, raw oak, vanilla, plum and raspberry run onto a lightly herbal, medium-length finish. Drink this tightly wound, fresh young blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot now through 2020." (5/2014) K&L Notes: Despite this wine's lack of naming creativity, we can assure you that this blend of Malbec, Cab, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is at least "premium" quality, and actually even better than that! Spicy kirsch aromas... Read More »
94 points from the Wine Spectator! They say, "Lush layers of inky blackberry, black fig jam and crème de cassis, yet this doesn't get heady or tiring, as fine acidity, along with floral and graphite notes, drive the finish. Great mineral, lavender and sanguine notes here too. Terrific length, purity and balance. Drink now through 2014. 550 cases made. Dec. 15, 2004"
Inventory: Main Warehouse
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. Drink now through 2020." (3/2015) Antonio Galloni: "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 ...Read More »