2013 Superuco "Calcareo Granito - Tupungato" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1222698 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 the most exciting terroirs of Argentina's Uco Valley, as selected by the brothers Michelini, a merry band of guys who are simply looking to produce expressive, terroir-driven wines from their home base in the Uco Valley. They have made three beautiful wines, each one a bit different, reflecting its soil type and sub-district within the Uco Valley.

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2015 | Send Email
This has to be one of the most macho wines in the store- but look out, this is no stuffed shirt! The muscle in this inky, big, intense Malbec is for real, and there is no sweetness or obvious oak in the bottle. The Superuco Tupungato will be my go to recommendation for hunters of venison and boar to pair with the most ornery of their kills. The only other wines we have that are close to this scale are from Cornas!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2015 | Send Email
I love this wine. To my palate, while it certainly is crunchy and very much defined by a forcefully fresh minerality, perhaps a "vertical" quality as I often hear Argentineans and Chileans put it, I also find the wine very approachable now. Mixed berry aromas are well defined and so pure, with great energy on the palate, lots of persistence, fresh acidity and a long finish. This is a Malbec splurge that is well worth it. Drink now or age 5-7 years (that's a conservative window, I suspect it may continue to drink well beyond that).

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- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14