Reserve Malbec

2015 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

Bright ruby-red. Pungent scents of blueberry, violet and herbs. Densely packed, vibrant and sharply delineated, conveying superb inner-mouth energy and a resiny complexity to its concentrated dark berry, blueberry and violet flavors. There's a sweetness here and a pliancy to the sophisticated tannins that give this wine much more early appeal than the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve but I'd still hold this for another year or two before pulling the cork. Finishes with compelling lingering perfume.

Vinous July 2017
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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
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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
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Reserve Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

Earthy black-fruit and spice aromas are clean and welcoming, while there is potent and full of life on the palate. Black cherry, coffee and chocolate flavors are intense and finish with a notable amount of minty menthol character. Drink through 2019.

Wine Enthusiast April 2016
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Reserve Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Bright red-ruby. Reduced aromas of blackberry, black cherry and game show a Syrah-like quality. Sweet, savory and fine-grained; nicely ripe, plump and full, with dark fruit flavors accompanied by complementary oak. Deeper and riper than the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, finishing with lovely sweetness, well-buffered tannins and very good length.

Vinous February 2015
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Reserve Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

This is a vibrantly fresh and crisp interpretation of malbec from the height of the Uco Valley. Rather than impressing with super concentration and barrel notes, it excels in its purity, the focus on fruit, delicate and multi-hued.

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Reserve Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

As juicy as can be, this presents malbec pure and unadorned, from the aromas of violets to the peppery-cherry flavors and a texture so soft and gentle it's hard not to take another sip. The bonus here is the wine's depth of flavor and earthy notes that emerge on the finish, intimating that this is more profound than it initially seems.

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Wine & Spirits February 2015
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Reserve Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

An opening of dense berry aromas along with coconut, cedar and tobacco announce an energetic palate of ripe blackberry and cassis flavors. There?s framework and acidity on the finish as well as black licorice and toasty darkness to ponder. Drink through 2018.

Wine Enthusiast October 2014
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Reserve Malbec

2011 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Plum and berry aromas are expressive and a touch gritty. This Malbec feels round and medium to full in body, with present but controlled tannins. Oak, lactic notes and black-fruit flavors finish minty and with natural herbal hints along with healthy, bracing acidity.

Wine Enthusiast July 2014
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Reserve Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

Beaneath the flavors of blackberries and black cherries, there's a base of tannins that feels firm and tense, ready to take on an Argentine assado, or to age at least five years in bottle. This is juicy and accessible, a refreshing take on modern malbec and one of the finest examples of the style in Mendoza

Wine & Spirits June 2014
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Reserve Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

The 2012 Reserve Malbec, a selection of grapes from different elevations that saw 12 months of barrel aging, shows fresh fruit along with notes of blood orange and cranberries. It is pleasurable, balanced and fresh, with good acidity. This is good value.

Wine Advocate May 2014
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