2012 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley

SKU #1155407 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Malbec Uco Valley is a 4,000-case cuvee aged nine months in French oak, of which 10% was new. A beautiful, full-bodied, seriously endowed Malbec, it possesses a dense purple color along with a sweet bouquet of blueberry and black raspberry fruit interwoven with camphor, licorice and spring flowers as well as a touch of oak. This wonderfully endowed, full-bodied, classic Argentina Malbec should drink nicely for 5-6 years. These three brilliant Malbecs from Argentina are made by former employees of the renowned Catena winery.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

Within the huge region of Mendoza, the Uco Valley lies towards the south where a combination of a cooler climate and, in this particular case, a much thinner layer of topsoil create one very compelling Malbec value. Fruit sourced from three different 20- to 25-year-old vineyards shows the classic darker--think black cherry and maybe some blueberries as well--and slightly more acid-driven fruit of this zone. Grapes for this new project, headed by two veterans from the world-reknowned Catena winery (most importantly, one of them, Alejandro Sejanovich, was the vineyard guy!) are harvested at slightly different times to highlight the natural acidity in the wine. Oak-aging is kept to a minimum with nine months in 20% new barrels and the rest used. The delicious, intensely fruity results are in the bottle. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American Wine Buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2014 | Send Email
Yes - This is what I'm talkin' about! I want under $15 Malbec to taste like this: dark fruits, subtly toasty but not overly so from too much oak, notable minerality and a nicely firm, tannin structure to frame the wine and lend balance. It's delicious and a lot of bang for the buck, but deceptively serious as well for a value red.

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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