2013 Superuco "Calcareo - Coluvio de Altamira" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1222699 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)

92 points Vinous

 Bright red-ruby. Pure but reticent aromas of dark cherry, smoky minerals and mocha, plus a hint of blood orange; notes of pepper and dried flowers emerged with air. Juicy, perfumed and penetrating but extremely youthful and tight today, dominated by its chalky soil. Sharply delineated, saline, extremely backward wine with a firm spine of acids and tannins that will require patience. Really stands out for its energy and precision. These Calcáreo wines are from three different chalk-based vineyards. (Unfortunately, my sample of the Calcáreo Granito de Tupungato Malbec showed a finishing dryness that was due to a slightly defective cork.) (ST)  (3/2016)

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, who are looking to produce expressive, terroir-driven wines from their home base in the Uco Valley. These are all beautiful wines, each one a bit different, reflecting its soil type and sub-district terroir within the Uco Valley. The Coluvio is the most tightly structured at the moment, with aromas of dark fruits leading to a slightly tannic, dark fruited palate, with crushed limestone and high toned qualities to offset the deep and brooding quality of the wine. Very impressive Malbec!

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2015 | Send Email
If you’re going to spend forty dollars on a Malbec, your search stops here. Impressively lean with chalky notes, this could almost be mistaken for Syrah at first sip. Inky purple with deep fruit that never reads as cloying, this feels sophisticated with notes of mushroom, dark chocolate, and the easygoing finish you’d expect from Mendoza. A beautifully-crafted, delicious surprise.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2015 | Send Email
Woah. Never have I tasted Malbec like this before. Showing a level of elegance without the usual dose of bitter tannin or excessive oak, the "Calcareo - Coluvio de Altamira" is a revelation. Earthy notes of mushroom and loam are finely realized alongside the vivid red berries and subtle cocoa, all seamlessly integrated with soft tannins and graceful acidity. I can count the number of times I've described Malbec as "graceful" or "elegant" on one finger, and this is it.

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Malbec

- 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.
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Argentina

- 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