(70% malbec, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot): Bright red-ruby. Black raspberry, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are accented by pepper and herbs and lifted by a violet nuance. Juicy, spicy and quite suave, with a restrained sweetness and a silky texture to the understated flavors of black fruits, spices and mocha. Gentle in the middle, then firmly tannic and serious on the long, broad, chocolatey back end. A very successful blend.
91 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
1 year later and wow!
Have a few bottles left and decided to try one now......omg......give it an hour of air and you won't be disappointed! Roll it in your mouth for 30-60 seconds and enjoy all it has to offer. Tannins are perfect, acid just right makes it easy going down. Right amount of fruit, meat and graphite with a little leather thrown in for good measure. This is by far my fav Argentinian blend, hands down!
Big bold juicy and fun
Loved this wine
I'm giving it a 5. Loved the complexity of this wine at such a reasonable price. Wish I could purchase more & had tried it sooner. It could hold it's own against much more fabled wines.
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Surprised with this complex, wonderful wine at a price that is a 1/3 of similar Californian or French.
It is subtle but complex with a strong personality.
by Matlock 14106597
I am giving this wine 5 stars not because it can hold its own against $100 + Napa reds but rather because at this price range, the value is off the hook. Black fruit, mocha and just the right amount of spice with a great finish. What a great value...
January 29th Tasting
Wow!, 4 months in the cellar has done wonders for this one. Reordering this one today was an absolute no brainer. The nose of a fine Napa Valley Cab. Don't miss out on this one.
OK then, much better now!
I wasnt keen on decanting this after my previous tasting but did so anyway- what the heck. I was rewarded with much more complete set of flavors that worked perfectly with marinated and grilled sirloin cap and the grilled asparagus. The fruit still shown through the marinade and added a dusty/ toasty nuance. I like this wine, a good buy!
Not as fantastic as the Tikal Patriota (also a Mendoza blend) but very good and worth buying.
improving with age
When I first tasted this it was very dense and tightly compressed with little fruit. Now six months later it has matured and opened slightly into a unified but still evolving wine that I hope will still be interesting in another six months.
Wow - what a difference
A great tasting wine... exhibits a complex and densely packed taste that exceeds my initial experience ~ 1 year earlier.
When I pulled this bottle from the rack I noticed wine was seeping out of the cork, under the foil and had dried on the bottle. I opened immediatiely thinking something might be wrong with the wine. It was just a delicious as described! Luscious and full-bodied.
Great choice, much better than the 2010 I received last year that was cooked. This has a unique oak profile. Not too strong for my liking, but may be a bit much for some. A taste profile from Argentina somewhere between the voluptuousness of Napa and the distinct profile of a nice Paso Robles entry. very good and at this price point a great buy!
Definetly felt from throat to chest,weak nose and soft tannins.
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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