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