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
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Primum Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

This is a top-dog Malbec from start to finish. Aromas of cassis, black plum and blackberry are well oaked and in harmony with each other. While this is tannic, rubbery and hard in feel, the wine’s lusty plum, raisin, chocolate and herbal flavors can handle it. A spicy, toasty, chocolaty finish is fully oaked and strapping. Drink through 2023.

Editors' Choice Award
Wine Enthusiast October 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum

Primum Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

Bright ruby. Roasted aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet and spicy oak. Plush, ripe, creamy and sweet; utterly seamless, concentrated dark berry and violet flavors are framed by just enough juicy acidity. Carries well on the ripely tannic, rich finish. A major mouthful of silky, chocolaty-rich Malbec dark fruits, hinting at an almost raisiny ripeness.

Vinous March 2016
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Primum Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

Concentrated aromas of blackberry, licorice root and Graham cracker are lusty. This feels thick on its edges but somewhat sharp and tartaric in the middle. Flavors of molasses, raisin, cassis and blackberry are bolstered by sharp acidity, leaving a finish that htis fast then falls off.

Wine Enthusiast October 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum

Primum Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

The 2012 Primum Malbec is from a plot and barrel selection from their vineyards in the district of Los Árboles in Tunuyán in the Uco Valley. The wine fermented in a combination of oak vats and barriques and matured in barrel for some 18 month. It's a ripe, well-oaked Malbec with plenty of smoke, toasted and spicy aromas that display the great influence from the élevage. The palate has plenty of volume and sweet, round tannins with enough acidity. This is a modern, ripe and concentrated red that is quite powerful and persistent.

Wine Advocate August 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum

Primum Malbec

2011 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

A suave red, with sandalwood, spiced cherry and plum tart flavors that feature peppery notes. Broadly textured, with plenty of crisp acidity that lingers with accents of dried beef. Hints of green herbs show on the creamy finish.

Wine Spectator December 31, 2014
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum