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Vina Alicia Malbec, Las Compuertas 2011 (750 ml) Flechas de los Andes 'Gran Corte' 2012 (750 ml) Finca Decero Remolinos Vineyard Petit Verdot 2013 (750 ml)
JS 92

Earthy and intense with dried meat, yet it remains fresh and stylish. Full body, silky tannins and a flavorful finish. All there. Decadent style.

- James Suckling (June, 2015)
WA 91

Ripe, earthy and oaky, as if it was from a different era, the 2012 Gran Corte is a blend of 60% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Syrah that matured in new French oak barrels for two years.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
V 91

Bright ruby-red. Black cherry, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice on the nose. Suave, smooth and ripe in the mouth, showing subtle peppery lift and inner-mouth energy to the sweet dark berry, floral and licorice flavors. Balanced from the start but possesses the stuffing and structure to evolve gracefully; this wine will rely as much on its harmonious ripe acidity as on its fine-grained tannins for longevity. Finishes subtly sweet and long. Very classy Petit Verdot from Argentina.

- Vinous (March, 2016)
Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (750 ml) Ruca Malen Kinien Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml) Bodegas Caro 'Caro', Mendoza 2015 (750 ml)
WA 94, WS 92, WE 92

One of three Chardonnays I tasted and one of two single-vineyard ones, the 2016 Bramare Marchiori Estate Chardonnay has been produced for longer and is sourced from 20-year-old vines in the Marchiori Vineyard that belongs to the family of one of the ex-owners of Viña Cobos, in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. Since they decided not to filter the two top Chardonnays in 2016, this might show a little cloudy, but at the same time, it shows more complexity, combining volume with great elegance. This feels very complete. They have started harvesting a little earlier, and that seems to have been something they liked and are going to continue doing here and in other wines. As with the other wines, they are also lowering the percentage of new oak used and are introducing 500-liter barrels, which have a different ratio of wood to wine. It's clean, characterful and very tasty, with good concentration from older vines.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
JS 92

Very pretty balance of fruit and spice to this with a dense center palate and velvety tannins. Full-bodied, savory and delicious. Drink now.

- James Suckling (June, 2017)
JS 95, WA 94

Aromas of spices, smoke, berries and bark follow through to a medium body, medium round tannins and a wonderful finish. Love the finish of this, which gives a hint of walnuts, dark tea and ripe fruit. Very sophisticated.

- James Suckling
Finca Carlos Pulenta Vistalba A 2015 (750 ml) Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml) Bodegas Salentein Primum Malbec, Uco Valley 2014 (750 ml)
WA 92

The pricey 2015 Corte A is pretty impressive. A blend of 70% Malbec, 14% Bonarda (both planted in 1948) and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, 60% of them new. It's a modern, ripe, clean and generously oaked wine, with good balance and tasty flavors. It should age harmoniously in bottle. 18,000 bottles produced.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (June, 2018)
WS 93, JS 93, V 91

Deep, rich and lushly spiced, with powerful flavors of dark plum, dried blackberry, licorice and dark currant that are framed by medium-grained tannins. Minerally and creamy midpalate, offering a long finish of slate and dark chocolate. Drink now through 2023.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (Dec, 2017)
WS 90

Ripe and robust, featuring concentrated dark plum, red berry and currant flavors that are well-concentrated. Spicy, with plenty of smoky notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021.

- Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (2018)
Finca Lugilde Goulart 'Goulart Grand Vin Malbec' 2009 (750 ml) Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo', Mendoza 2008 (750 ml) Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013 (750 ml)
V 91

Goulart’s flagship wine is produced from a small vineyard plot originally planted in 1915 by Marshall Gastao Goulart. Now known as the Don Pedro vineyard, this property is located in Lunlunta, which rests at the foothills of the Andes and enjoys a unique microclimate. Aged in French oak barrels for more than a year, this wine offers complex aromas of black fruit — particularly black currants and plums — with hints of chocolate and spices. Juicy on the palate, this Malbec is bursting with energy and purity of fruit. Goulart Grand Vin pairs well with hearty, spicy meat dishes, such as Mexican, Indian, or Cajun cuisine.
WA 94

The 2008 El Gran Enemigo Malbec contains small quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in its blend. It has a dense purple color and an alluring nose of sandalwood, exotic spices, incense, lavender, a hint of balsamic, and black cherry. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and voluptuous, this layered, spicy offering mandates 3-4 years of cellaring and will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2023+.

- Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2011)
JS 95, WS 93

A red with ripe berry and plum aromas. Dried flowers. Full body, layered and gorgeous fruit. Tight and beautiful. Small production. Generous and opulent yet agile and fresh. Drink or hold.

- James Suckling (May, 2016)
Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo Agrelo' Cabernet Franc 2010 (750 ml) Achaval Ferrer Malbec Finca Mirador 2011 (750 ml) Catena Zapata 'White Bones' Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (750 ml)
WA 95, JS 94

The 2010 Gran Enemigo Agrelo Single Vineyard is from clay soils in a cool vintage. The palate is electric, with citric (pomegranate and blood orange) flavors, completely vertical. I like this much better than the 2009 vintage, but I still prefer the wines from Gualtallary. It is interesting to note that in years with higher acidity he uses less SO2. This is truly vertical. Only 3,500 bottles were produced. Very good value. Drink 2015-2022.

Aleanna is a combination of the names Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena, (winemaker and youngest daughter) of Nicolas Catena and is the name given to their small joint venture. El Enemigo (The Enemy) is the name of the wines produced here, some of which are almost experimental and offered in limited quantities. All the wines were initially fermented in old barriques and old wood vats to avoid excessive influence of the oak in the wines, but they are now moving toward cement vats without epoxy lining and aging in used 225-liter barrels and in 4,000-liter, 100-year-old foudres. I had the great pleasure and superb learning experience to slowly taste the 2009 and 2010 vintages of the Gran Enemigo single-vineyard wines and experience the differences of the vintages and the soils from Agrelo and Gualtallary transparently reflected in the wines. That’s what I call true wines of terroir. There are different bottlings of the Gran Enemigo cuvee, some blending fruit from Gualtallary and Agrelo, but certainly the most interesting ones are the single-vineyard ones. For these the blend is Cabernet Franc with some 15-20% Malbec and the wines are never acidified. The goal is to achieve 13% natural alcohol in the wines, but it has to be done in the vineyard, not with adjustments in the winery. The difference in soils is clear: Agrelo is at 900 meters altitude and the soils are pure clay, a cool soil, but the air is warm. The vineyard in Gualtallary is at 1,480 meters above sea level with 12,000 plants per hectare with pure calcite (planted by Alejandro Sejanovich who used to be vineyard manager at Catena, and was the one who hired Alejandro Vigil). The results speak for themselves, but if you want figures, the wines from Agrelo have seven grams of acidity (which is very high), while the ones from Gualtallary have nine grams (which is almost insane). In both cases pH is around 3.5. Malolactic fermentation is partial.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2014)
WS 96

This pure, racy red exhibits a dark side, with layers of spice, graphite and maduro tobacco to the crushed raspberry, blackberry and concentrated cassis fruit. Needs time in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2022.

- Wine Spectator (Nov, 2013)
WA 95

The character of the soils used for the 2014 White Bones Chardonnay is so strong that it marked the wine more than the character of the vintage. 2014 was definitively riper than 2013, but the wine is still incredibly fresh and mineral. The parameters of these whites from Adrianna are just incredible, extremely low pH (around 3) and very high acidity (around nine grams in tartaric), which should provide for longevity. And great freshness and vibrant palates, of course.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (Dec, 2016)
Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Malbec 2011 (750 ml)
WS 96, WA 95, JS 95

The 2011 Malbec Finca Altamira is a subzone from La Consulta in the Uco Valley, which is located at 1,050 meters above sea level on the east bank of the Tunuyan River. The soils have big boulders and volcanic ashes, and there is an important component of calcium carbonate. This is the first old vineyard they found, and it produces a very dark-colored, bright, wine with a subtle nose, mixing flowers (violets) and red, blue and black fruit, with hints of spices and a velvety feeling. The palate is medium-bodied, silky, with an impressive acid spine and completely ripe and round tannins. The velvety feeling is also confirmed in the texture, which displays a long tactile sensation mixing electricity, minerality and very good acidity. A superb wine! Drink 2014-2025.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (April, 2014)