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Sauvignon Blanc

2016 New Zealand Marlborough
89 Points

The 2016 Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc has a delicate, herbal nose with fresh lemon juice and chalk dust hints. Crisp, clean and intense with very good length, this is a beautifully expressive example of this sub-region of Marlborough.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016

Caroso

2010 Italy Abruzzo
88 Points

Blue flower, baking spice, sun baked earth and mature berry aromas come together on this solid red. The enjoyable, mediumbodied palate offers red plum, raspberry and a hint of cinnamon framed in supple polished tannins.

Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Citra Caroso  bottle

"Moncucco" Moscato d'Asti DOCG

2015 Italy Piedmont
90 Points

Heady aromas of fragrant white flower, citrus blossom, chopped herb and yellow stone fruit almost jump out of the glass. The creamy, expressive palate doles out juicy apricot, lemon drop and sage while bright acidity and a frothy mousse lift the finish. There’s a lot to like here.

Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Fontanafredda "Moncucco" Moscato d'Asti DOCG  bottle Platinum

Reserve Malbec

2014 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Aromas of herbs and desert brush blend with raisiny berry scents. This feels grabby and tannic, while jammy, herbal berry flavors flatten out with airing. A loamy tasting finish loses some intensity and spirit as this settles.

Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle

Malbec

2015 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Rubbery plum and berry aromas lean toward red fruits after airing and settling. Racy acidity makes for a firm palate, while this tastes savory and like meaty berry and plum. A tight finish holds onto a meaty essence.

Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Killka Malbec bottle

Prum Blue Riesling

2015 Germany Mosel
90 Points

Fresh white grapefruit and tea leaves perfume this gorgeously honeyed kabinett. The palate is just delicately sweet, glazed by honey and sweet-tart tangerine flavors. Juicy in concentration yet finely filigreed on the tongue, it’s an elegant yet approachable wine with wide appeal. Drink now through 2020.

Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Prum Blue Riesling bottle Platinum

Numina

2014 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

Salentein’s wines have never been better than over the last few vintages. This Malbec-heavy blend is rich, with aromatic notes of raisin, prune, licorice and almond candy. A full, tannic and slightly bumpy palate holds impressive flavors of cassis, black plum, blackberry, toast and peppercorn. On the finish, coffee, toast, mocha, licorice and cassis flavors are deep and delicious. Drink through 2026.

Editors' Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast February 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle Platinum

Blanco

NV/MV Mexico Tequila
91 Points

Forward notes of Szechuan peppercorn, spicy flowers and cedar. Full-bodied on the sweet and spicy palate of sweet herbs, flowers, cinnamon candy, chocolate, cool mint and dry earth. Long, peppery finish.

The Planet Grape Wine Review 2016
Chamucos Tequila Blanco bottle Platinum

Numina

2013 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

There are some blends, of which I tasted two, starting with the one called 2013 Numina Gran Corte. It combines 62% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot from their older vineyards from Los Árboles. The different varieties were harvested at different times and therefore fermented separately in oak vats and after six months in barrel they were blended and put back in barrique to complete an élevage of some 16 months. It's earthy, faintly reduced with some developed aromas, denoting ripeness (maybe the long cycle?) and black rather than red fruit. The Cabernet is quite noticeable in the blend, especially in the texture of the tannins, and the freshness of the vintage shows up in the shape of a fine thread of acidity. 

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle Platinum

Single Vineyard Malbec

2014 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

The 2014 Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa is sourced from the estate vineyard at Los Árboles at some 1,300 meters altitude planted with an ungrafted massale selection in 1997 that names the wine. Fermentation was carried out in 7,000-liter oak vats after a cold soak and the wine matured in oak barrels for 16 months where it also underwent malolactic fermentation. This is the most classical among their single vineyards, a wine that was born in 2010 sourced from very stony soils. There is more ripeness without excess, more volume, very expressive, with lots of aromas, a lush texture, juicy tannins and a tasty, long finish. This is a good expression of the Malbec in this zone. 

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Malbec bottle Platinum

Gran Vu Blend

2012 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

VU stands for Valle de Uco, the origin of the top red 2012 Gran VU Blend, which is a combination of 72% Malbec and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon from selected rows of different vineyards. The Malbec fermented in brand new 225-liter French oak barriques and the Cabernet Sauvignon in 7,000-liter oak vats all with dry yeasts. After six months in barrel the two wines were blended and put back in oak to complete an élevage of two years. 2012 was a relatively warm and ripe harvest, and you notice it here, where the fruit is black rather than red, and there is a nice patina of spices and smoke provided by the élevage that makes it quite showy. It has the bright fruitiness of the Valle de Uco, with fine tannins and good acidity. This is approachable, but it should get better with some more time in bottle.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Argentina Mendoza
88 Points

The 2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Valle de Uco, from their El Oasis estate vineyards at Los Árboles and was produced fermenting the destemmed and crushed grapes after a cold soak and aging the wine in oak barrels for one year. This is a wine that shows quite varietal, with that blend of raspberries and a spicy and herbal touch. The palate reveals the classical Cabernet tannins, with elegance and good freshness. There is one single blend and multiple bottlings of it. 

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bottle Platinum

Single Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

Sourced from some of the first vineyards Salentein planted at high altitude in the Valle de Uco, more specifically at Los Árboles, the 2015 Numina Chardonnay looks for a fresh and vibrant style. The grapes come from plot 51 from the Finca La Pampa that was planted in 2007 at 1,300 meters altitude on sandy soils rich in calcium carbonate. They were pressed with a pneumatic press and the juice fermented with dry yeasts in French oak barrels with partial malolactic and aging in contact with the lees for some eight months. It has a balanced nose mixing creaminess and yellow fruit aromas with hints of spices and smoke, showing good development with a honeyed twist. The palate is fresh, with good acidity and clean flavors and that caramel/honey note in the finish. This is ready now. 

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Chardonnay bottle Platinum

Primum Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

There are some blends, of which I tasted two, starting with the one called 2013 Numina Gran Corte. It combines 62% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Merlot from their older vineyards from Los Árboles. The different varieties were harvested at different times and therefore fermented separately in oak vats and after six months in barrel they were blended and put back in barrique to complete an élevage of some 16 months. It's earthy, faintly reduced with some developed aromas, denoting ripeness (maybe the long cycle?) and black rather than red fruit. The Cabernet is quite noticeable in the blend, especially in the texture of the tannins, and the freshness of the vintage shows up in the shape of a fine thread of acidity. 

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum

Reserve Malbec

2015 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

The first of six Malbecs I tasted was the 2015 Malbec Reserva, which is also labelled Reserve Malbec and as Barrel Selection in Europe Barrel. It is produced with grapes grown at their El Oasis and La Pampa vineyards in Valle de Uco that fermented destemmed in stainless steel vats and matured in oak barrels for 12 months. This is a very aromatic, floral and showy Malbec, very fruit-driven, where they search for freshness and use mostly neutral barrels trying to show the character of the Valle de Uco. The palate is silky, with a fine texture and sweet, round tannins, very fresh, even with a minty nose. They produce over one million bottles of this wine in multiple bottling lots from the same blend.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle Platinum

Philip

2012 Italy Tuscany
90 Points

A tightly woven red, revealing concentrated black cherry, cedar, earth, tobacco and tar flavors. Firm tannins suggest this will always be in the rustic camp. Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2019 through 2025. 

Wine Spectator October 15, 2016
Mazzei Philip Bottle Platinum

Cornas "La Louvée"

2014 France Rhone Valley
92 Points

Leading off the two single parcel selections, the 2014 Cornas la Louvée (which translates to "The She-Wolf" and comes from 70-year-old vines) is more concentrated and layered than the Terres Brûlées. It offers outstanding notes of cassis, toasted spice, creamy licorice and a hint of violets in its medium to full-bodied, concentrated, elegant and seamless package. It will keep for a decade or more.

Wine Advocate December 30, 2016
Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas "La Louvée" bottle Platinum