2016, Argentina, WINE

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Much like its neighbor, Chile, Argentina's wine industry is long-established, but fairly new to the world stage. Not until the 1990s did Argentina's wine producers seriously consider and enter the global market, preferring instead to grow and make vast quantities of mediocre to sub-par product, until a few enterprising visionaries realized its full potential. Today, it's the world's fifth largest wine producing nation, with enviable representation in export markets worldwide.

Whereas Chile owes its viticulture to its isolation, Argentina's is a result of altitude. Although there is a rich diversity of varietals here, the country's reputation rests predominantly on Malbec, In the world's highest red wine vineyards (some up to 4,600 ft.), bright, sunny days, and crisp, dry air produce Malbec wines of intense opulence, a style very much in fashion with today's consumer, and these climatic features go a long way for other varietals, as well. Mendoza is far and away the most important wine region here, centered around the city of the same name, and Argentina's best vineyards and most prominent producers are based in the Andean foothills southwest of the city. The sub-districts of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, and Las Compuertas produce arguably the country's finest wines. Further southwest, the Valle de Uco is home to a burgeoning array of fine sites, with the sub-zones of Gualtaray and Tupungato known for their excellent potential with Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, respectively.

Venturing both north and south of Mendoza, one can find some of the most remote and rugged vineyards on Earth. The province of Salta near the Bolivian border is home to Argentina's most famous white grape, Torrontés. It reaches its aromatic apogee in these vine plots that touch the sky at nearly 9,000 feet in some places. At the southern tip of the habitable world, Patagonia is Argentina's untamed, viticultural frontier, where enterprising producers are taking advantage of Antarctic influence to sculpt structured, characterful red wines in Rio Negro and Neuquén.

As with Chile, Argentina has seen a flood of foreign investment and expertise in the past few decades, and it rivals its neighbor as one of the most dynamic and innovative wine producing nations in the world.

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98 points James Suckling: Dark fruit with blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as needles and basil. Full-bodied, dense and layered with mushroom, moss and bark. A dark berry character, too. A unique expression of pinot noir from old vines in Patagonia. Needs three to five years to soften but a… ...
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Chacra Pinot Noir Patagonia Treinta y Dos 2016  (#701990)

Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

98 points James Suckling: Dark fruit with blackberry and blueberry aromas as well as needles and basil. Full-bodied, dense and layered with mushroom, moss and bark. A dark berry character, too. A unique expression of pinot noir from old vines in…

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97+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...pure Malbec from one single plot of vines planted in 1932 and comes through as aromatic, floral, perfumed, open, showy and impressive... It's open, impressive and captivating... The palate is elegant with refined tannins, bright fruit and subtle… ...
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Noemia Malbec Patagonia Rio Negro Valley 2016  (#702255)

Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina

97+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...pure Malbec from one single plot of vines planted in 1932 and comes through as aromatic, floral, perfumed, open, showy and impressive... It's open, impressive and captivating... The palate is elegant with…

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94 points James Suckling: Already quite open, this is a cool and slightly shy wine with ripe plum, delicate herb and toasty aromas. The rather sleek palate and fresh acidity carry the long, clean, rather stony finish. For the first time, this is dominated by 84 per cent cabernet sauvignon. Drink or… ...
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Caro (Lafite/Catena) Caro Mendoza 2016  (#702459)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Mendoza, Argentina

94 points James Suckling: Already quite open, this is a cool and slightly shy wine with ripe plum, delicate herb and toasty aromas. The rather sleek palate and fresh acidity carry the long, clean, rather stony finish. For the first time, this is…

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95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...subtle, perfumed and ethereal... the most harmonious and nuanced of the Calcáreo range, with tantalizing aromas of wild berries, herbs and flowers. The palate is sleek and elegant, while the tannins have the signature chalky tannins from the Gualtallary… ...
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SuperUco Malbec Calcareo Granito de Tupungato 2016  (#702357)

Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

95 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...subtle, perfumed and ethereal... the most harmonious and nuanced of the Calcáreo range, with tantalizing aromas of wild berries, herbs and flowers. The palate is sleek and elegant, while the tannins have…

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94 points James Suckling: Focused and bright with vivid blackberry and floral aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and an energetic, focused finish. Needs two to three years to soften. (6/21/17) ...
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Noemia Malbec J Alberto Patagonia Rio Negro Valley 2016  (#702251)

Malbec from Patagonia, Argentina

94 points James Suckling: Focused and bright with vivid blackberry and floral aromas that follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and an energetic, focused finish. Needs two to three years to soften. (6/21/17)

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95 points James Suckling: Brambleberries, blackcurrants, boysenberries, oyster shell, creme de cassis and herbal liqueur, but also freshly-cut rosemary, thyme and peppers. Very linear and vibrant on the palate with tightly-wound tannins and very fresh acidity, which remains in balance all the way to… ...
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Susana Balbo Mendoza Brioso Agrelo 2016  (#702448)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

95 points James Suckling: Brambleberries, blackcurrants, boysenberries, oyster shell, creme de cassis and herbal liqueur, but also freshly-cut rosemary, thyme and peppers. Very linear and vibrant on the palate with tightly-wound tannins and very…

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96 points James Suckling: This really builds on the nose with notes of pure blackcurrants, iodine, ink, graphite, crushed stones, flint, morello-cherry essence and licorice. The fresh purity of the fruit that permeates the entire palate is what makes this wine. The tannins are so compact and dialed… ...
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BenMarco Expresivo Mendoza 2016  (#702426)

Other Red Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

96 points James Suckling: This really builds on the nose with notes of pure blackcurrants, iodine, ink, graphite, crushed stones, flint, morello-cherry essence and licorice. The fresh purity of the fruit that permeates the entire palate is what makes…

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34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillón, 33% Torrontés. A very aromatic wine with floral and citrus notes combined with touches of fresh grass, white fruits and orange. In the mouth, floral flavors, fresh and fruity, combine perfectly with the unctuousness of a perfect aging in barrels. Its finish is… ...
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Susana Balbo Mendoza Uco Valley Brioso White Blend 2016  (#702138)

Other White Blends from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

34% Sauvignon Blanc, 33% Semillón, 33% Torrontés. A very aromatic wine with floral and citrus notes combined with touches of fresh grass, white fruits and orange. In the mouth, floral flavors, fresh and fruity, combine perfectly with the unctuousness…

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Sublime and complex on the nose, evolving as the wine opens in the glass. Mango, banana, lime, roasted apple, wet stone, vanilla, toast and honey. The palate is unctuous, structured, and has perfect acidity, a long finish and a fruity aftertaste. Sophisticated and at the same time friendly, very… ...
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Huentala Chardonnay Mendoza Black Series 2016  (#702335)

Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Sublime and complex on the nose, evolving as the wine opens in the glass. Mango, banana, lime, roasted apple, wet stone, vanilla, toast and honey. The palate is unctuous, structured, and has perfect acidity, a long finish and a fruity aftertaste.…

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94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Reflecting the freshness and 'European' balance of one of the coldest ever growing seasons in Argentina, this cuvée of Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has less of the former variety than usual in the blend. It’s another superb wine from Fernando Buscema with sinewy tannins… ...
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Caro Amancaya Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Mendoza 2016  (#702458)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Mendoza, Argentina

94 points Tim Atkin, MW: Reflecting the freshness and 'European' balance of one of the coldest ever growing seasons in Argentina, this cuvée of Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon has less of the former variety than usual in the blend. It’s another…

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92 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French and American oak barrels for an average of 12… ...
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Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza 2016  (#702332)

Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina

92 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The fresh, floral and expressive 2016 Catena Malbec blends grapes from different parts of Mendoza: Lunlunta, Agrelo, Altamira El Cepillo and Gualtallary. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French…

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87 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Medium red. More brooding on the nose than the Malbec, offering lightly musky scents of cassis, licorice and oak char plus a suggestion of green pepper. A juicy, savory wine with modest depth but decent texture to its berry and spice flavors. Finishes with tongue… ...
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Dominio del Plata Cabernet Sauvignon Crios de Susana Balbo 2016  (#702135)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Salta, Argentina

87 points Stephen Tanzer (Vinous): Medium red. More brooding on the nose than the Malbec, offering lightly musky scents of cassis, licorice and oak char plus a suggestion of green pepper. A juicy, savory wine with modest depth but decent texture to…

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