2013 Superuco "Calcáreo - Rio de los Chacayes" Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1222700 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Calcáreo Río de los Chacayes is sourced from the Chacayes zone of Tunuyán on top of Vista Flores towards the mountains. It has a riper, spicier, floral, and aromatic profile with notes of thyme and rosemary. It is the most extroverted of the three, and also feels quite polished. The palate, however, is more serious, with the austerity of the rocks, a very fine thread of subtle acidity and a long, long, long finish with sweeter tannins. Its a rolling stone covered in chalk and surrounded by thyme. Awesome! (LG)  (8/2015)

91 points Vinous

 Bright, saturated medium ruby. Very ripe aromas of kirsch, bitter chocolate, roasted herbs and chalk; shows more apparent oak influence than the Coluvio. Denser and sweeter than the Coluvio, conveying a more open-knit texture but still youthfully strict flavors of black fruits enlivened by dusty herbs. Shuts down on the finish, which features chewy tannins, a slight youthful bitterness and excellent resounding length. These are fascinating wines. 91+ points. (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 Rio de los Chacayes bottling is the most forward of the bunch, with mixed berry and some fresh red fruit aromas leading to a juicy, delicious palate, slightly floral and with loads of drinkability.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14