(50% aged in French oak and 50% in stainless steel): Bright red-ruby. Cassis, licorice, graphite, violet and chocolate on the nose. Round, sweet and seamless, with dense dark fruit flavors complicated by saline soil tones. Nicely balanced and concentrated wine, finishing with dusty tannins and good length. This was made with less new oak than previously, and that's all to the good.
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Paired perfectly with grilled ribeye seasoned with Argentine rub.
Lush but expressive
This Malbec is thick and jammy, packed with dense fruit. But it is also vibrant with tons of fresh fruit. Not as heavy as many other Malbecs I've had and a delight with food.
Antucura means 'little jewel' and this wine certainly is that...and more! Bursting with rich dark plummy fruit and finishing long and smooth, this wine is incredibly rich and flavorful. It is hard to believe that it costs less than $15 a bottle, but then, knowing the winemaker and the owner...well, I am not surprised.
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Coming On Strong
Continued improvement to the point it stands eye-to-eye with all but Catena's very best. Most of us probably drank it dry before its time. The right time is NOW to 2016+.
I think it is currently 2-3 stars but I will give it 6months and try again. Don't get me wrong it is currently a good drinkable Malbec but I can get those for less than $10 all day long.
Nice full bodied malbec.
Worth the money. Delicious with my roasted rabbit.
Needs a little time
Nice wine, a little green. I think I'll let it set for a while.
Everyday house wine
Nice balance of fruit, flavour and tannins. Great to sit on the deck and watch the sun going down.
Chunky, funky malbec
Deep purple robe - indicative of this region; chunky plum and firm tannins, some balsam and vanilla. Very fat wine, full, glycerin body, chalky finish. Was very disappointing- not food friendly at all - big execution. 83/C+
Thick and Jammy, Plummy if you like it....
re-tried last night 10Dec2013
Nice color and mouth feel, but taste is not nearly as good as several Malbecs I have tried, too much tannin for my taste and even after letting this bottle sit for a few months now, it did not open up. I decanted twice and it became more palatable. Let it sit overnight and will give it another chance tonight.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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