2012 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Malbec Uco Valley is a 4,000-case cuvee aged nine months in French oak, of which 10% was new. A beautiful, full-bodied, seriously endowed Malbec, it possesses a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of blueberry and black raspberry fruit interwoven with camphor, licorice and spring flowers as well as a touch of oak. This wonderfully endowed, full-bodied, classic Argentina Malbec should drink nicely for 5-6 years. These three brilliant Malbecs from Argentina are made by former employees of the renowned Catena winery.
Within the huge region of Mendoza, the Uco Valley lies towards the south where a combination of a cooler climate and, in this particular case, a much thinner layer of topsoil create one very compelling Malbec value. Fruit sourced from three different 20- to 25-year-old vineyards shows the classic darker--think black cherry and maybe some blueberries as well--and slightly more acid-driven fruit of this zone. Grapes for this new project, headed by two veterans from the world-reknowned Catena winery (most importantly, one of them, Alejandro Sejanovich, was the vineyard guy!) are harvested at slightly different times to highlight the natural acidity in the wine. Oak-aging is kept to a minimum with nine months in 20% new barrels and the rest used. The delicious, intensely fruity results are in the bottle. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)