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2012 Luca Malbec Uco Valley $29.99
The Elsa Malbec comes from Valentin Bianchi's Doña Elsa estate in the cool reaches of San Rafael, Mendoza. With just a kiss of French oak, the rich fruit dominates this easy-drinking red, which has barely-there tannins. Invoke your inner-Argentine and drink this alongside grilled flank steak with a garlicky chimichurri. Many previous vintages recommended by Wine Enthusiast as a "Best Buy."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good dark red. Musky aromas of redcurrant, cherry, coffee, plum and cedar, plus hints of game and leather. Supple and on the soft side, with good texture and a hint of rusticity to the broad plum and leather flavors; more red fruits than black. Finishes with a touch of sweetness and easygoing tannins." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Pascual Toso is based in Maipú, an historic, sun-drenched winegrowing region just southeast of the city of Mendoza. Their Malbec is a standby of the section for its supple, juicy red and dark fruits - solid Malbec for a very solid price!
95 points Decanter: "Gorgeously refined, almost French in style. Typical Vista Flores notes of violets, lavender, tobacco and black pepper on the nose. The palate is medium to full-bodied with very fine-grained, classy tannins. Fruit characters on the palate are more dried fruit than lush and primary. Lovely age-worthy Cabernet." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Antucura has proven themselves quite adept at producing purely fruited reds (both Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) that express their Vista Flores origins, as well as a deft touch in the cellar. Their wines are expressive, extraordinarily supp... Read More »
93 points Wine Spectator: "#19 Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2014!! Very suave and polished, with ripe, pure flavors of blackberry, hoisin sauce and black pepper. Finely textured, this is packed with tar and roasted plum notes, showing plenty of licorice snap and dark chocolate accents on the powerful finish. Best after 2020." (2/2014)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Malbec comes from old vineyards in La Consulta and a dash from Gualtallary in the Uco Valley. It has a mineral-like, austere feeling, with notes of peach, sour cherries, and sweet spices, a medium-bodied palate with gripping tannins, and ...Read More »
93 points Wine Enthusiast: "#45 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2014!! As per usual, Privada displays qualities beyond its price point. This version of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon is smoky on the nose, with charcoal, minerals and toast capping crusty berry aromas. The palate is super ripe and healthy in feel, with baked blackberry flavors smothered in toasty oak and chocolate. Warmth, coffee and Port notes drive the finish. Drink through 2018." (3/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(a blend of 40% malbec, 30% merlot and 30% cabernet sauvignon): Good saturated medium ruby. Sexy, inviting aromas of ca ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "A fresh, balanced and harmonious red with cherries, berries and hints of nutmeg character. Full and super integrated with fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish." (7/2014)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of blackberry, huckleberry, violet, mocha and nutty oak. Suaver and sweeter than the Signature Cabernet, with juicy, fruit-driven black plum, blackberry and violet flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Boasts excellent precision and inner-mouth tension for a wine in this price range. Finishes with a firm tannic spine, sneaky length and a hint of minty ...Read More »
93 points James Suckling: ""A beautifully layered red with dark chocolate, berry and light vanilla character. Full body plus ultra-fine tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Delicious now."" (7/2014)
90 points James Suckling: "This is so floral on the nose with hints of citrus. Full bodied but lightly silky with a very tangy, juicy character. Very fruity and delicious. Drink now." (8/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "There's an enticing floral quality to the cherry, plum and wild berry flavors, with juniper notes midpalate. Features plenty of fresh acidity, with a complex, minerally finish that delivers hints of hoisin sauce. Drink now through 2020." (3/2015) Antonio Galloni: "Bright red-ruby. Aromas of crushed dark berries and kirsch are lifted by a cool violet topnote. At once dense and juicy, with brisk acidity framing the ...Read More »
The Llama is 100% Malbec sourced from 101-year-old vines grown at an over 3,300 foot elevation. It is hand-harvested, and half of the wine is aged in French oak and half in stainless steel before bottling. From the winery: "This wine embodies the distinctive spirit of our vineyards, spanning the foothills of the Andes. Llama is a rich ruby-purple color, and boasts elegant flavors of black berries, ripe plum and robust spices with good balance and structure."
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "With a warm nose of plum and blackberry, this sports a juicy, wiry palate, with woody weight. Raspberry, plum, toast and leather flavors finish earthy and lightly baked, with leftover oak that needs to be absorbed." (5/2015) James Suckling: "An attractive wine with blueberry and lemon character, a medium body and a fresh finish. A little lean but delicious." (7/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Broquel Malbec is a smoky, serious, aromatic, ripe yet elegant style of Malbec, with clean flavors of cinnamon-coated black cherries, fine tannins and good freshness to balance the high alcohol. It is e ...Read More »
Produced from fruit grown in the Las Compuertas section of La Consulta, this is delicious Malbec for a very affordable price. Fresh red plum flavors and a juicy, forward texture suggest balance due to some thoughtful winemaking: fermentation and ageing in concrete tanks. Delicious (and gluggable) Malbec! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Malbec from Perdriel, the only young wine he sells, is a fresh, serious Malbec mixing notes of ripe fruit, tobacco, pollen and honey with very good freshness, clean and pure flavors, sweet tannins and length. No fireworks, just a great young Malbec. Drink now-2017. I had the chance to taste the wines of Carmelo Patti with his importer in Madrid and also visited his small winery in Mendoza. Patti is an old timer, a no-nonsense winemaker who lives wine and is really enthusiastic about wine culture. His production methods are really traditional, ...Read More »
This is as tasty a Pinot Noir for under $11 that I have come across all year. Bright, simple red cherry and red plum fruit flavors on the palate show good freshness. One cannot ask for much more in a well made, tasty Pinot Noir priced for everyday consumption.
94 points James Suckling: "Wonderful nose of dark fruits, dark chocolate, spices and hints of graphite. Love the subtle aromas. Full body, with extremely integrated tannins. Wonderful length and refinement. About one-third new wood. Fabulous. Drink or hold." (6/2014) K&L Notes: While they also produce an entry-level bottling as well as an elite high-end bottling, it is this flagship estate wine that represents the soul of Bodega Mendel. A stellar value, this overachiever is sourced from 85-year-old, ungrafted vines and is truly handmade. Grapes are manually sorted and vinified in small lots be... Read More »
Rich, dark berry fruits show both concentration and fresh, slightly raspy acidity. In Argentina, where incredible grass fed steaks are a given and the parillada mixta (mixed grill) is an art form, Bonarda based wines are very popular for their combination of structure and bright acidity, just the ticket to accompany a nicely grilled selection of animal protein! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)
Antonio Galloni: "Pale, bright straw-yellow. White peach, soft citrus fruits, lavender and crushed herbs on the nose, with a suggestion of spice (this wine was done entirely in stainless steel). Juicy, clean and dry, with flavors of peach, soft citrus fruits and flowers. The wine's supple texture reminded me a bit of Chardonnay but the firmed-edged finish is distinctly Torrontés. (ST)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Produced from a combination of 55-year-old Torrontes as well as some younger vine fruit, all from primarily sandy, alluvial terrroir in the Cafayate Valley, this is superlative Torro... Read More »
91 points James Suckling: "A soft and balanced red with round tannins and juicy fruit with chocolate and berry character. Drink now. Drink and love Malbec - from Consulta and Vistafores." (6/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "This is dark, with a racy edge to the cassis, crushed plum and raspberry notes, gliding along a full-bodied frame. Hints of cream and mocha balance the tannins on the finish." (11/2013) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Q Malbec is sourced from La Consulta and Vista Flores from stony, sandy and calcareous soils in the Uco Valley. Part of the grapes are fermented in full clusters and only a part of the wine goes to b ...Read More »
90 points Antonio Galloni: "Dark ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of bitter cherry and bitter chocolate are complicated by a whiff of game. Silky-sweet and supple, with beautifully integrated tannins contributing to an impression of suavity and carrying the fruit through a rather powerful, gripping finish. This should evolve gracefully. (ST)" (2/2015) K&L Notes: Produced from biodynamically farmed Malbec, with some Tannat blended in as well, this wine is produced from some of the highest elevation vines in production anywhere in the world, at more than 7,000 feet above sea level! Dark fruit flavors... Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Aromas of currant, strawberry, and violets. Full body, with firm tannins and a savory finish. Very delicious now. Why wait? A blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot." (6/2014)92 points Wine Spectator: "This dark, compact red leads with a floral note to the racy cassis and cherry puree fruit, well-integrated with fine tannins and bright acidity. Offers a long finish of fruit, mineral and tobacco. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2018." (11/2013)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Quimera is a blend of all five vari ...Read More »
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale green-tinged yellow. Peach and soft citrus aromas are accented by a touch of spice. Rich, chewy, complex and dry, showing an almost oily texture to the flavors of yellow peach, pineapple, pear and anise lifted by flowers. Offers a terrific combination of chewy texture and inner-mouth energy. Finishes sappy, saline and long, with excellent grip. This has the umami texture to complement sushi and sashimi. This bottling is consistently excellent--and a top value." (3/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Crios Torrontes comes from Cafayate in Salta and Altamira in Uco Valley, ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Moving to the reds, the 2011 Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is complemented by 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The grapes are sourced from different Uco Valley vineyards, Villa Bastias, Altamira, Agrelo and Gualtallary. It is very intense with aromas of black currant and an herbaceous personality in the shape of notes of mint. It has some dusty tannins and pungent flavors in an intense, medium-bodied palate. Approachable and able to age. Drink 2014-2018." (4/2014)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Expressive nose melds kirsch, black raspberry, licorice, violet and graphi ...Read More »
Roberto Rodriguez Canal, part-time San Francisco resident, is one of the partners in Platense wines, the company who produces Aleph and brings it to market. According to Roberto: "We do not produce wine to please mass demand. Our wines are not over-extracted and definitely not over-oaked, we produce limited quantity of wine with its own character." The Aleph name is a tribute to a short story penned by the great master of fiction, Luis Borges. Fruit is sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, the traditional home base for Mendoza wine country's historic bodegas as we... Read More »
This is exactly what we have been waiting for - Malbec in a box! Maipe produces wonderful Malbec and we have carried a few of their wines. This version, when recently tasted showed all the wonderful purple fruits you expect in a Malbec, with no discernible influence from oak. Just rich, but balanced and fresh darker fruit flavors. At $9.33 per liter, and given the bag in box's ability to preserve a wine's freshness for much longer, we are huge fans fo this one! (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean and Argentinean wine buyer)
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90 points Wine Spectator: "Dark yet silky, this ripe, floral red matches a core of dark cassis and creamy cherry puree notes to nuances of spice box, dark tobacco and mesquite. Drink now through 2018." (11/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "Loud on the nose, with big berry aromas, this Cabernet is full and lively in the mouth, with brown sugar, chocolate and cassis flavors. On the finish, it’s warm and maintains a chocolaty flavor from before. Overall, this is loaded with ripe cherry, plum and berry fruit, and still it’s not a complicated wine." (2/2014)
Produced from biodynamically farmed Torrontes, this wine is produced from some of the highest elevation vines in production anywhere in the world, at more than 7,000 feet above sea level! Very floral aromas with juicy yellow plums and white peaches leads to a lovely, slightly spicy and floral, yet refreshing palate. Another great effort from one of our favorite Argentine wineries.
This is perhaps the most traditionally made red wine in Argentina. It's awesome, I love it, our staff loves it, and I suspect many of you looking for something different from Argentina might love it as well. A blend of 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet, this is a savory, dark cherry fruited wine, with an excellent sense of individuality and style. Interestingly, the cab and merlot seem to stand out much more so than the Malbec in this year's bottling. Fermented in concrete and then aged in used Nevers oak, this is a distinctive wine that's very m... Read More »
Tannat has proven itself in the very high elevation, extremely sunny and dry conditions of Cafayate and Salta. This wine is all sweet red and dark fruits, with noticeable chewy oak adding spicy notes as well. For tannat, which has the reputation of being dark, brooding, ferociously tannic, this is actually relatively tame, full in flavor but not an all out tannic assault on the gums! A great introduction to this powerful, famously high in resveratrol grape variety. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean wine buyer)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright, light medium yellow. Yellow fruits and spicy vanillin oak on the nose. Round and pliant, with an obvious oakiness to the yellow fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes a bit dry, with modest complexity and a hint of alcoholic harshness." (4/2014) K&L Notes: A rich, ripe, fairly classic Chardonnay with old school California leanings except...this one is from Argentina! The California connection here is that noted consultant and winery owner Paul Hobbs owns Viña Cobos, and is making wines that have his stylistic stamp, but perhaps just slightly dialed back from... Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, bright greenish-yellow. Aromas of crushed rock and flowers. Savory and pliant in the mouth, showing a creamier, deeper texture than the regular 2013 Chardonnay. Subtle flavors of stone fruits and minerals carry well through a seriously complex, long, ripe finish." (2/2015) Wine Enthusiast: "Right off the bat this is one woody Chardonnay. Aromas of toasted nuts, minerality and baked white fruits feed into a low-acid, chunky palate. Flavors of melon, papaya and oak finish creamy, smooth and resiny." (12/2014) Wine Spectator: "Richly styled, with a surplus of creamy ripe apple, peach and a ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Crios Malbec is aromatic and fresh, with notes of violets, ripe plums and a touch of brown sugar, quite showy, with the profile of a cool vintage, the sweet tannins of the Malbec, some sweet spicy flavors and good length. This is very good value. Drink now-2016. (LG)" (4/2014)
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Stolen Horse Old Vine Malbec is from the five hectare 'Stolen Horse Vineyard' populated by vines planted in the 1920s. Where does the name come from? When Santiago was looking for a vineyard, he instantly knew that this had to be the one. He tried negotiating a lease with the owner; however, it was not possible because someone had stolen the owner’s horse that was being used to farm these old vines. The good news is that the horse was eventually returned and Santiago managed to arrange a lease. Raised entirely in new oak, it has an intense, head ...Read More »
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San Francisco resident Roberto Rodriguez Canal is the mind behind Aleph, a winery whose wines we have truly enjoyed carrying over the past several years. Recently we tasted his current releases and are once again proud to offer them on our shelves. According to Roberto: "We do not produce wine to please mass demand. Our wines are not over extracted and definitely not over oaked, we produce limited quantity of wine with its own character." Aleph Semillon uses fruit from a 70 year old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. On the palate, this shows nicely dry, but... Read More »
Located between the towns of Tunuyan and Tupungato in the Uco Valley, Bodegas Hinojosa has somehow been flying undar my radar until quite recently. This is a terrific everyday red, offering plenty to like for both those experienced and new to Argentinean Malbec. Bright purple-fleshed fruit flavors are generous and wondefully fresh, a hallmark of the 2011 vintage. Soft, supple, vibrant fruit, hints of baking spices, perhaps a touch of candied violet. For $15, there is indeed a lot to like in this bottle of wine. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentinean & Chilean win... Read More »
96-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Bramare 'Marchiori Vineyard' wines are from 100% estate grown fruit located in Lujan de Cuyo. The 2006 Bramare Malbec 'Marchiori Vineyard,' tasted from a barrel sample...is even better than the 2005. Vintage conditions were ideal and, for the first time, Hobbs stopped irrigation 12 weeks before harvest, most unusual in Mendoza's arid conditions. There was better natural acidity with little acidulation required. The wine offers more flavor complexity, vibrancy, and aromatic lift, and sensational length.The Bramare series is sourced from Lujan de Cuyo, ...Read More »
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Crios means offspring (as in children). Susana selected a word to express the notion that these are wines that haven't quite 'grown up' to the same level of maturity as her more expensive Susana Balbo signature label wines, but they receive the same loving care and attention throughout the winemaking process. The label features a series of three connected and overlapping hands, an image inspired by a Mayan artifact. The three hands represent Susana and her two children.
Finca Abril owns about 20 hectares of vines, primarily Malbec, with some planted as early as 1922, all in the area around La Consulta (Uco Valley). Richly fruited, with darker berry flavors that create a lush mouthful of wine that still feels honest and balanced. A great Malbec for the money! (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentine wine buyer)
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Atamisque is the first property you will see upon entering the Uco Valley from the north. Run by Loire Valley native, Jean Edward, who was instrumental in establishing Chandon's Argentine operations in the 1970's, Atamisque is making a very good range of wines from their own vineyards. This Malbec comes from 80 year old vines growing on two separate vineyards in the Uco Valley. A nose of rich, macerated black cherries is intense, nearly pungent, and leads to a palate of big juicy fruit, but with surprising freshness as well. Subtle savory tones and a hin... Read More »
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91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intense mineral and berry aromas show class and touches of mint and resiny wood. This feels crisp, electric and drawing, while flavors of graphite, mint, raw oak, vanilla, plum and raspberry run onto a lightly herbal, medium-length finish. Drink this tightly wound, fresh young blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot now through 2020." (5/2014) K&L Notes: Despite this wine's lack of naming creativity, we can assure you that this blend of Malbec, Cab, Merlot and Cabernet Franc is at least "premium" quality, and actually even better than that! Spicy kirsch aromas... Read More »
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon mixes grapes from Medrano where it is warmer and their vines are young, while Agrelo is fresher (very old vines). The wine aged for eight months in French oak barrels, third and fourth-use. It is a ripe Cabernet with a creamy texture, where they are looking for the varietal character. It has a velvety palate and is medium-bodied and intense, with fine tannins combining the elegance of the Old World and fruit of the New World. Drink now-2017. (LG)" (4/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red-ruby. Redcurrant, plum, mocha and tobacco leaf on the nose a ...Read More »
92 points James Suckling: "Bright plum and dark cherry character with hints of dried orange peel. Medium body with ultra-fine tannins and a clean fresh finish. Reminds me of Sonoma Coast pinot. Fine and beautiful. So drinkable." (6/2014) Wine Spectator: "This refined red mixes crushed bilberry and cherry fruit with undertones of smoke, game and mineral. Fine length. Drink now through 2017." (11/2013) K&L Notes: Named for the year in which this Patagonia vineyard was planted, 1955, this is a delicate, nuanced, exciting Pinot Noir. Juicy mixed berry fruits show freshness over a surprisingly light frame, with discr... Read More »
Too early for reviews, but this bottling scored 94 to 95 points in Wine Advocate from vintages 2009 and 2010. From the importer: "White Stones Chardonnay comes from a select 27 rows within Block 1 of the Adrianna Vineyard. The wine is then fermented in French oak barrels at low temperatures to preserve the aromatics. A little over two-thirds of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. The name refers to the gravelly ground beneath the vines, which is covered with oval, white stones."
96 points James Suckling: "This is a phenomenal red with beautiful texture and finesse yet dense and concentrated. Full body, with very fine but intense tannins and a bright fruit. It goes on for minutes. All about fabulous texture. Decant before serving. Drink or hold." (6/2014)94 points Wine Spectator: "Dark but nicely driven, with lush blueberry and fig sauce notes carried by broad spice and anise flavors. Long and lush through the graphite-filled finish, without the raisined edge of the vintage just pure fruit that sails on. Really stretches out in the glass. Very impressive. Drink now through 2015. ...Read More »
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White Bones Chardonnay is sourced from select rows within the Adrianna Vineyard in Gualtallary. The wine's name refers to the soil underneath these rows, which is rich in chalk-covered stones and is layered with fossilized bones, the remnants of a river that used to pass through the region. The wine is aged in French oak barrels, with about two-thirds undergoing malolactic fermentation.
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From the C2 block of the estate's Marchiori Vineyard in Perdriel, which is about 3000 feet above sea level. This single plot bottling features 80 year old ungrafted vines which produce particularly small berries of intense flavor.
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