Los 19 Malbec elegidos por Decanter

La revista inglesa publicó los resultados de un panel de Malbec en el que participaron 121 muestras. Los británicos elogiaron los estilos simples y frutados.

Un prestigioso panel de degustadores de la revista británica Decanter degustó 121 muestras de Malbec de Argentina y entre ellas destacó 19, de distintas bodegas y de diferentes zonas. Elogió los pequeños detalles, y los estilos más simples, basados en lo frutal, y se mostraron desconfiados de la tendencia hacia el exceso de concentración, de madera y de uso de botellas pesadas.De los vinos que fueron catados, 3 recibieron premios Decanter y 16 obtuvieron cuatro estrellas

 Vinorum, Victorio Altieri, Gran Reserva, Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza 2010

Flechas de los Andes, Gran, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2009

Colomé Estate, Valles Calchaquíes, Salta 2010

Fabre Montmayou, HJ Fabre, Reserva, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza 2009

Zuccardi, Serie A, Mendoza 2010

Finca el Origen, Gran Reserva, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2010

Altocedro, Reserva, Mendoza 2010

Tempus Alba, Vero, Maipú, Mendoza 2007

Viña 1924 de Angeles, De Angeles, Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza 2008

Chakana, Estate Selection, Mendoza 2010

Monteviejo, Calypso, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2009

Bodega Zemlia, Evolucion II, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2009

Bodega Atamisque, Tupungato, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2008

Bodegas Argenceres, Lágrima Reserva, San Rafael, Mendoza 2010

Tapiz, Reserva, Tupungato, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2008

Bodega Benegas, Libertad Vineyards Malbec, Mendoza 2009

Salentein, Reserve, Valle de Uco, Mendoza 2010

Trapiche, Single Vineyard Viña Jorge Miralles, La Consulta, San Carlos, Mendoza 2008


Four Argentine wines among the “100 Top Values of the Year”

In the “100 Top Values of The Year” section, Wine & Spirits (June) brought out the best value wines. Within the list, four Argentine wines won a place among the best wines. The selection was made from 2,670 wines priced USD 15 or less, tasted by the magazine’s panels and critics over the last 12 months

Argentine wines among the “100 Top Values of the Year”

The first is 2011 Alfredo Roca Malbec – Merlot that received 90 points. The wine was described by the panel this way: “This youthful blend is intensely fruity, its flavors framed in a firm texture that keep it refreshing and suggest match with anchovy pizza.

After it, comes 2010 Notro Mendoza Malbec with 90 points. “A juicy Malbec full of red fruit flavors, this has a firm backbone of acidity that holds the suave texture to a crisp line,” was said about this wine.

2010 Zorzal Tupungato Malbec with 93 points was one of the four Argentine wines included in the 100 best buys.  “This Malbec grows at an eight-year-old vineyard in Gualtallary at 4,500 feet. Gualtallary’s calcareous soils influence the structure of this Malbec, tense with firm tannins, focused on the taste of fresh-picked cherries. A delicious wine that doesn`t resort to wood or hyper concentration, seducing instead with its fresh fruit and a solid structure that will stand up to the most powerful cuts of meat”.

Finally, with 91 points comes 2008 Loscano Mendoza Private Reserve Malbec. According to the critics: “Beyond its scents of coffee and almonds, this has an intriguing earthy note that gains prominence as the wine evolves in the air. The tannins and acidity are potent, partnering to hide the wine’s fruit for now. For the cellar.”

Wine-Searcher.com Malbec June 2012 ($7.98 – $17.99 Values).

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Gauchezco Clasico Malbec  Mendoza 2009  $8.99

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Gauchezco Clasico Malbec  Mendoza 2009  $11.99

 The Liquor Store and Wine Loft

Gauchezco Clasico Malbec  Mendoza 2009  $14.49

 2011 GAUCHEZCO TORRONTES White Wines, Argentina $14.99
 D&M Wines and Liquors
Gauchezco 2009 Plata Malbec $17.99

No $10 Million Check Needed for Argentine Vineyards

At the southern end of Argentina’s Uco Valley in the foothills of the Andes, Jose Manuel Ortega Gil-Fournier is helping make investors’ dreams of producing wine from their own vineyards come true.

An investment banker at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) (GS) and Banco Santander SA (SAN) before leaving the world of finance in 2006, Ortega is selling 140 hectares of land planted with malbec and other varietals for $150,000 per hectare.

More importantly, he promises to do all the work in caring for them. Ortega is counting on the allure of vines that produced his 93-point Alfa Crux Blend (2003) and 94-point O. Fournier Syrah (2002) to distinguish him from other sellers of personal lots in Mendoza province, the hub of the country’s wine industry.

“The Uco Valley is producing not just the best wines in Argentina but some of the best in the world,” said Daniel Pita, a hedge fund lawyer from Sao Paulo who bought into the Ortega project without ever having visited Mendoza. “If you look at other regions that are famous for good wine, like Bordeaux and Napa, you can’t even think about investing there.”

Argentina’s personal vineyard market is expanding after pioneers at Vines of Mendoza started marketing parcels to international investors in 2006. They have since sold 106 plots that produce 240 unique wines.

Ortega’s program is the first by an established Argentine winery to admit “partners,” as he refers to clients who buy property surrounding his namesake bodega 90 minutes south of Mendoza city, the provincial capital.

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Kaiken Mendoza Malbec $8.99  Wine Buyer, The  in Wayne, New Jersey

 Gauchezco Malbec Mendoza $8.99 K & L Wine Merchants  in Redwood City, California

Jelu Malbec $8.99 Bayway World of Liquor in Elizabeth, New Jersey

Sensual Malbec $8.99 All Star Wine & Spirits in Latham, New York

Bodega Norton Mendoza Malbec $8.99 Fine Wine House  in Upland, California

Trumpeter Familia Rutini Malbec $8.99 Great Corks in Danbury, Connecticut

Huarpe Lancatay Malbec $8.99 The Ultimate Wine Shop in Iselin, New Jersey

90+ Cellars Lot 23 Old Vine Malbec 2010 – Magnificent Malbec

The 2010 Ninety Plus Cellars Lot 23 Old Vine Malbec begins with typical Malbec aromas of blackberry and plum as well as baking spice and a little cinnamon. All these aromas combine to make a very nice bouquet that is more engaging than your typical Malbec. The wine tastes quite good with dark fruit and dense spice. It has lots of oaky overtones, but there’s plenty of fruit as well. It ends with a dry, medium-long, spicy finish. Overall quite a tasty wine. Those oaky overtones decrease as it gets more air so it may have actually been even a little better on day 2.