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Single Vineyard Malbec

2014 Argentina Mendoza
87 Points

Healthy medium ruby. Some very ripe notes to the aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and molten chocolate. Very plush, glossy Malbec with strong exotic oak tones of coconut and caramel currently overshadowing cassis fruit. Finishes with a bit of alcoholic warmth and an element of charred oak that soon turns a bit dry. A second bottle of roughly equal quality displayed some porty high tones.

Vinous July 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Malbec bottle

Numina

2014 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

Bright full ruby. Strong peppery/herbal lift to the aromas of blackberry, black cherry and menthol. Offers lovely density, pliancy and sweetness, but the wine's pungent fresh tobacco and herb elements currently clash with its sweet oak and rich cocoa flavors. There are some distinctly herbaceous notes here but I like the wine's generosity of texture and sweet tannins. not to mention its length.

Vinous July 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle Platinum

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
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle Platinum

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Bright ruby-red. Attractive minty lift to the aromas of cassis, licorice and tobacco leaf. Juicy, tight and penetrating, offering pure, well-delineated berry, herb and licorice flavors but limited pliancy in the early going. This intensely flavored, savory but backward wine is not quite ready for prime time but has the density and structure to last well. Most impressive today on the firm, ripely tannic, long finish.

Vinous July 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bottle

Numina

2014 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

Slightly over-extracted style, but there's lots of ripe fruit and spices. Full-bodied, juicy and intense. Walnuts and toasted oak. Give it time to come together. A blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and merlot. Drink in 2020.

JamesSuckling.com June 21, 2017
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle Platinum

Numina

2014 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

A medium- to full-bodied red, with focused and muscular red berry and cherry flavors that offer plenty of savory notes. Mushroom and forest floor accents on the firm finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019.

Wine Spectator March 31, 2017
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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. 194,900 bottles produced.

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

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

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

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

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

Gran Vu Blend

2012 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

Perfectly sound and ripe blackberry aromas come with a rooty note, a touch of oaky coconut and fine-grained wood scents. This blend of 72% Malbec and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon is compact and layered. Ripe cassis, blackberry and chocolate flavors finish toasty and with hints of coffee and spice. Drink through 2022.

Wine Enthusiast October 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Single Vineyard Malbec

2013 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

This fully ripe vineyard-designated Malbec deals aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin and cedar cigar box. Seriously built and almost monolithic in size and stature, this offers a wave of upfront oak that frames blackberry, loamy earth and baking spice flavors. A woody, persistent, elegant finish is a fine way for this to fade out. Drink through 2023.

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

Numina

2013 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

Ripe, loamy blackberry, prune and cassis aromas lead to a structured palate that boasts big, firm tannins. This offers dark, ripe flavors of wild berry, black plum and chocolate prior to a toasty finish that’s largely subtle and smooth. Drink through 2021.

Wine Enthusiast October 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

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
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle Platinum

Gran Vu Blend

2012 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

Bright ruby-red. Very ripe but restrained aromas of blackberry, black plum, mocha and licorice. Highly concentrated and fine-grained, with a liqueur-like ripeness well supported by a mineral component, harmonious acidity and serious tannic spine. Deeper and longer than the 2012 Pr1mum Malbec, with the Cabernet element contributing finesse of texture, tannic firmness and energy.

Vinous March 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Numina

2013 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

(30% new French oak): Bright ruby. Blackberry, black cherry, licorice pastille and spicy oak on the nose. Good floral lift to the juicy dark berry and oak flavors, along with a slightly inky quality from the Petit Verdot element. Finishes with broad, dusty, ripe tannins and good violet lift. Youthfully bound-up but has the stuffing to age. The Salentein wines are made by Jose Galante, who previously spent 34 years at Catena Zapata and is one of Argentina's Malbec pioneers.

Vinous March 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Numina 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
Salentein, Bodegas Primum Malbec bottle Platinum

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Bright medium red. Aromas of plum, blackberry, cherry and pepper, plus a whiff of menthol. Supple, fine-grained and juicy; a fruity, spicy midweight with good lift to its red berry and tobacco flavors. A positive touch of herbs adds energy and lift. Finishes with a firm dusting of tannins and good length. Nicely made.

Vinous March 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bottle

Reserve Chardonnay

2015 Argentina Mendoza
87 Points

Pale, bright yellow. Pungent tropical fruit lift to the lively aromas and flavors of apple, citrus peel and flowers, complicated by piquant ginger and nutmeg notes from the oak. Juicy, spicy and penetrating if a bit bony; offers modest depth but good refreshment value. Finishes with a firm edge.

Vinous March 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Chardonnay bottle

Single Vineyard Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

Ripe, jammy aromas of smashed blueberry are elevated by hints of herbs and cola. A layered and lively mouthfeel is a big plus on this plot-selection Malbec, while blackberry, herb and smoked-meat flavors finish firm fresh and with depth. Drink through 2022.

Wine Enthusiast February 2016
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Malbec bottle Platinum

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

Gran Vu Blend

2011 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

The new top-of-the-range is the 2011 Gran VU Blend. VU stands for Valle de Uco, but they were not allowed to use it in the name, so they went for the acronym. They separated some specific rows of vines in their estate (at least 10 different places for the Malbec) for this wine and the different varieties were handled separately: the Malbec is fermented in new barriques and the Cabernet fermented in oak vats. The wine matured in these new French barrique for some two years. Inky dark and with strong black aromas of peat, graphite, coal and plenty of ripe back cherries and plums. The palate is much more elegant than I expected given the profile found in the nose. There is good freshness and acidity and even though it's a big wine with plenty of stuffing the components are in very good balance. This is a beast of a red blend, an XXL expression of the Uco Valley, that should be able to age nicely in bottle. It's four years old now and it looks like a baby after two years in bottle. It represents quite a big jump in price. 5,916 bottle produced.

Wine Advocate August 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Numina

2013 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

The Numina range has four wines, three varietals and one blend. All of them come from the El Oasis Estate, in the Los Árboles district in the Uco Valley. The 2013 Numina Malbec is produced with a plot planted at 1,200 meters altitude. The nose shows sweet, bright berry fruit and some floral notes with the oak well integrated after some 14 months of aging, plus shows just a lactic hint. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with good weight of fruit and some fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins that point to the need to give it a little bit of time in bottle.

Wine Advocate August 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Numina 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

Single Vineyard Chardonnay

2013 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

The 2013 Single Vineyard Chardonnay is sourced form a vineyard in San Pablo in the Tunuyán department at some 1,600 meters altitude, their highest altitude vineyard. The soils are very sandy. The wine had the full Monty, that is to say fermentation in oak barrels, full malolactic and 10 months aging. There are notes of cereals, smoke, yeasts and ripe yellow fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with good acidity, sharp rather than round and an ending with good chalky minerality.

Wine Advocate August 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Chardonnay bottle Platinum

Single Vineyard Malbec

2012 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

The 2012 Single Vineyard Malbec comes from a low-yielding vintage with grapes sourced from the La Pampa Estate at some 1,300 meters altitude planted with ungrafted vines in 1997. It has a savory nose with spicy aromas, somehow earthy, with very ripe fruit and a touch of tar and cured meat denoting evolution. It fermented in 7,000-liter oak vats and it matured in oak barrels for 16 months. The full-bodied, tasty palate has plenty of tannins, is compact and powerful, and has an almost salty finish. It feels like this one is evolving faster than its siblings. 5,940 bottles produced.

Wine Advocate August 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Malbec bottle Platinum

Gran Vu Blend

2011 Argentina Mendoza
92 Points

Stout aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis come with mocha and dry spice notes on the nose of this Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon blend. A firm mouthfeel with grinding tannins is a good set up to oaky, ripe berry flavors accented by wood grain, cocoa and cinnamon notes. Plenty of oak graces a long, ripe, solid finish.

Wine Enthusiast April 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Gran Vu Blend bottle Platinum

Numina

2011 Argentina Mendoza
89 Points

Bright ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, blackberry, violet and chocolatey oak, complicated by wilder notes of truffle and game. Broad, dry and classic, showing very good breadth but little easy sweetness to its flavors of dark berries, licorice and soy sauce. Really spreads out to coat the palate, but the serious tannins show a slight dryness.

Vinous February 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle

Numina

2011 Argentina Mendoza
90 Points

Deep ruby-red. Musky blackberry, spices, licorice and wild herbs on the nose, with complicating notes of tobacco leaf, truffle and game. Juicy, dry and sharply delineated, showing excellent energy to its flavors of berries, spices, earth and flowers. Sophisticated wine with a fine dusting of tannins and excellent persistence.

Vinous February 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Numina bottle Platinum

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
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle

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.

Best Buy Award
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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.

Best Buy Award
Wine & Spirits February 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Reserve Malbec bottle Best Buy

Single Vineyard Chardonnay

2013 Argentina Mendoza
91 Points

Yellow-gold with a green tinge. Deep, leesy aromas of peach, apricot, grilled notes and smoked meat, complicated by lavender and marzipan nuances. Plush, rich, fine-grained and dry, with the wine's oak and mineral components keeping its ripe stone fruit flavors under wraps today. Suave, restrained Chardonnay with harmonious acidity and a complex rising finish. Salentein's Finca San Pablo vineyard is planted at a density of 10,000 vines to the hectare on low-vigor soil at an altitude of 1,600 meters.

Vinous February 2015
Salentein, Bodegas Single Vineyard Chardonnay bottle Platinum