91 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2013
(14.5% alcohol; malbec blended with 8% tannat, 3% cabernet sauvignon and 2% each syrah and petit verdot; aged for 15 months in new and once-used French oak): Full red-ruby. Musky aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, violet, roasted coffee and spicy herbs, along with a meaty whiff of reduction. Wonderfully fine-grained and plush on the palate but with no heaviness; perfectly integrated acidity gives the wine a vibrant quality. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins that spread out to coat the palate on the lively, subtle, long aftertaste. A lot of wine for $30.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
86 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Healthy Hi-altitude Malbec
Excellent garnet cherry/berry fruit, tannin to age over cedar & spice flavors
A group Tasted this with 2008 Chapoutier Bila-Haut Rhone and 2010 Schild Shiraz/Cab Blend, voting it the hands down best flavor. Plus it is the healthiest, grown at 4,000 +feet, with plenty of Resveratrol
Tried this because I've heard so much about Salta but rarely see the wines from there available in stores. Very solid effort. It's definitely a 'serious' wine and may not appeal to traditional Argentinian Malbec drinkers.
Some of my fellow winos are idiots!
I have no earthly idea why my fellow Wineaccess members have only given this great bottle 3 1/2 stars. I didn't have the time to decant so the first bottle of the case was split by my girl and me the minute it was uncorked after a very hard workday. Maybe it was the complete mental and physical exhaustion we were both experiencing, but we found this to be one of the better bottles we've opened lately. This is a complex, multi layered orgasmic mouthful. That's all I can say. We both agreed we are booking a vacation to Argentina and this resort/vineyard as soon as we can! Redux better come soon, because we are never gonna see this case get thru to 2018!
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Not holding up
Wine is thin with no character or structure. Had high hopes given the French oak treatment (my favorite) and the altitude - disappointing. This is a give away, would not buy again.
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