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Antucura Gran Vin 2011 (750 ml) Vina Alicia Malbec, Las Compuertas 2011 (750 ml) Flechas de los Andes 'Gran Corte' 2012 (750 ml)
WA 89

The oily/olive sensations are even stronger in the 2011 Grand Vin, a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec that is ripe and matured in oak barrels, which added spicy sensations. Juicy and heady, this is slightly sweet toward the finish.

- Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (May, 2015)
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)
Ruca Malen Kinien Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml) Finca Carlos Pulenta Vistalba A 2015 (750 ml) Bodegas Caro 'Caro', Mendoza 2015 (750 ml)
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)
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)
JS 95

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
Cuvelier Los Andes Grand Malbec, Vista Flores 2013 (750 ml) Finca Lugilde Goulart 'Goulart Grand Vin Malbec' 2009 (750 ml) Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo', Mendoza 2008 (750 ml)
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)
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)
Vina Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec 2013 (750 ml) Bodega Aleanna 'Gran Enemigo Agrelo' Cabernet Franc 2010 (750 ml)
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)
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)