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87 points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, April 2012

Rustic and chewy, with dried dark berry notes, grainy tannins and a drying finish. The berry and black licorice flavors are intriguing, but the texture is rugged. Best from 2013 through 2023. 521 cases made.

97 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2016

Aromas of tar, blackberry, stone, mineral, and spice. Lead pencil. Full body, firm and silky tannins. The depth and finesse to this is superb. Goes on for minutes. Great wine. Drink or hold.

16.5

Elaine Chukah Brown, JancisRobinson.com, September 2016

Aromatics of dark fruit sprinkled with earth and cocoa. Flavours of black plum, integrated baking spice with accents of tobacco and cocoa and a crack of pepper on the finish. Good concentration at the front of the palate gets a bit light in the finish. Dusty tannins and balancing acidity. (ECB) 14.3% Drink 2017-2025

16.5

Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, July 2013

Quite ridiculously heavy bottle! But apparently they are working on finding lighter bottles for future bottlings. Dark crimson. Attractively supple and reasonably subtle on the nose. Dry but not dryiing (not hot) finish. Not dramatic but admirably well mannered. Tastes as though it will be a fine food partner. Great balance. Not sure it has a long life ahead though.

88 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, March 2018

Dried herb and a twist of lemongrass provide an exotic edge to this light white, which is moderate in acidity and fruity in melon and kiwi. The freshness persists with ease on the finish.

86 points

Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

Lots of fruit flavor and a smooth but firm texture make this medium-bodied wine easy to appreciate. There is little oak influence so the fresh and focused cherry and berry flavors take the lead.

88 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, August 2018

Loamy tasting, with smoky accents to the red currant, roasted plum and dried berry flavors. Mocha and spice details show on the finish. Drink now through 2021. 5,400 cases made.

90 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, March 2018

Delicate, offering layers of white fruit and spice flavors supported by fresh acidity. Lemon drop notes show midpalate, with a plush finish. Drink now through 2022. 6,300 cases made

90 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, November 2017

A robust style, with inky notes to the dark currant, dried sage and fig flavors, followed by a sanguine finish that’s richly spiced.

93 points

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2014 M by Michael Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon has pronounced plum preserves, blueberry coulis and blackcurrant cordial with hints of chocolate box, licorice, baking spices and fragrant earth. The medium to full-bodied palate is firm, fine grained and lively with great intensity of black fruits and earthy layers, finishing long with a mineral kick.

90-92 points

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2015

A barrel sample of the 2014 M by Michael Mondavi was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and offered up notes of wood smoke, baking spices, red and black currants, and hints of plum and licorice. It is medium to full-bodied, front-end loaded and very seductive. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

91 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

This is a foot-trod, whole-cluster wine fermented like a white, that is copper orange and pink in color. The grapes come from the producer's Fox Den Vineyard and another Dutton Ranch site. Earthy cantaloupe, cherry and cranberry figure into the mix, as does orange peel and watermelon, the acidity tight and tautly stretched across the vibrant texture.

94 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

This wine is bright in acidity, with a wealth of freshness in tones of Meyer lemon and lime. Quenching on the midplate, it develops more and more complexity in the glass, where a stony texture meets crisp green apple and fennel. Editor's Choice.

91 points

, Wine & Spirits, October 2018

Year’s Best US Chardonnays (Full comments to come)

89 points

N/A, Connoisseur's Guide, July 2018

Long a Pinot producer responsible for wines that are both rich and well-balanced, Dutton Goldfield again shows its special mettle with the grape in this neatly done Rosé. The wine is precise and pretty with a lingering, slightly pert streak of cherries running its length, and, if far from bold, neither is it shy and withdrawn, and its fruity persistence.

91 points

N/A, Connoisseur's Guide, July 2018

We have wondered why the wines of Dutton Goldfield were so rarely mentioned by the champions of balance and temperate alcohol during the cultural Chardonnay wars of the last several years for they are, more often than not, serious, decidedly polished wines of sophistication and depth that are not driven by high ripeness and lavish oak. This quietly complex effort adheres to the winery model, and, while not an especially bold wine, it is quite deep with an insistent, very precise fruity voice. It is a carefully made Chardonnay that reminds that balance and richness are not antithetical, and it will drink effortlessly with a wide range of foods.

91 points

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, March 2018

This wine's silky red fruit has some darker, saturated tones, bringing to mind pomegranate seeds and rhubarb. It's gentle and savory in the middle, hinting at sweetness in the end. Cool, clean, and firmly structured, this will gain more fragrance with a year or two in bottle.

93 points

Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

The Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir is one of Dutton Goldfield’s finest. It’s big yet elegant with a beautifully, silky textured mouth feel and dark red cherry and plum aromas and flavors complemented by touches of pomegranate and red raspberry. It sees 16 months in 55% new barriques (RemonTrancais, Taransaud, and Rousseau), but the oak is seamlessly integrated. A big but elegant wine with a rich, long finish. The Fox Den vineyard, planted in 2002, is located on top of Stoetz Ridge, just above Occidental.

93 points

Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

The Emerald Ridge Vineyard is planted to several Pinot Noir clones, each of which is cold soaked for 5 days before fermenting and then aging in 50 percent new oak, followed by blending the following spring and a return to the barriques. This is one of our favorites from Dutton Goldfield with effusive scents of red cherry and raspberry that carry over to a silky, nicely concentrated palate. It’s a wonderfully balanced wine with just a touch of vanilla oak that will become fully integrated after a little more time in bottle. Yields were down about 20% relative to 2014.

95 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, January 2017

Aromas of blackberries, walnuts and light chocolate. Full-bodied, tight and beautiful. Fine and polished tannins. Fabulous length and beauty. Impressive fruit but there's tension and firmness. Better in 2021, but already enticing to taste

90 points

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

The 2017 Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc gives lovely lime leaves, lemon juice, fresh grapefruit and ripe pear notes with hints of chopped herbs and elderflower. Medium-bodied, crisp, refreshing and wonderfully minerally in the mouth, it finishes long and zesty.

91 points

N/A, Connoisseur's Guide, June 2018

Here is a rich, yet very concise Chardonnay that capably hits the varietal mark while giving full play to sweet oak, and it conveys a fine sense of structural solidarity without ever once seeming tight or at all constrained. If anything, it seems to broaden as it crosses the palate and gain in richness as it goes, but it is in no way a top-heavy wine and shows good energy and balance all the way to the end. It is well-crafted rendering with plenty of potential for age even though very tasty now, and it comes without strict restrictions as to the time of its drinking.

92 points

Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

This is outstanding California Chardonnay, intense in its minerality with excellent density of lemon citrus with tart stone fruit hints on a precise, focused palate. It shows excellent balance with bright acidity and a nuanced oak treatment. Gorgeous drinking. A barrel fermented blend of old clone vineyards in the heart of Green Valley. Aged 10 months in 40% new French oak barriques.

90 points

Joshua Greene, Wine & Spirits, April 2018

Here's a buttery, oak-influenced chardonnay that delivers its richness without being cloying. Instead, it has the fresh, sweet meatiness of poached lobster and a hint of celery-like greenness, ready to decant for a West Coast Dungeness crab or an East Coast lobster.

94 points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, May 2018

Tilts toward the tart side, with a potent lemon-citrus character amid green apple and green pear flavors. Mouthwatering throughout. Drink now through 2022. 4,500 cases made.

94 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, August 2018

High toned in a rose petal aroma, the palate of this wine is bright in acidity yet medium in build and complex. The concentration of the vintage is on full display in velvety layers of raspberry and strawberry coated in nutmeg and Asian spice.

95 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, May 2018

Salt rock and tart green-apple tones combine effortlessly to showcase a sublime texture with considerable length and depth. A touch of butterscotch graces the finish, but it's otherwise all about freshness in lemon and lime flavors, with exotic elements of lemongrass and ginger.

91 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, September 2018

From a selection of fine vineyards from throughout the appellation, this wine impresses in its stemmy earthy character of forest pine and fresh light-bodied juicy layers of strawberry, rhubarb and tangerine. This is a widely appealing wine that's balanced and bright.

92 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

From a deft practitioner of the variety, this delivers bold balanced flavors of Meyer lemon, apricot and pear but remains most memorable for its salty gritty undertone of texture and minerality. Bright and supple, it's a delicious wine.

90 points

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, June 2018

The grapes for this wine are all from cooler Green Valley area, grown in Goldridge soils. It's exotically earthy and robust in red berry, citrus and rose, with a density to the body ripeness and elongated tannin.

90 points

Don Winkler, International Wine Review, March 2018

This is Dutton Goldfield’s entry level Pinot Noir made of a blend of Green Valley vineyard parcels and, as might be expected, it’s very fresh, easy drinking. There’s an abundance of red cherry fruit, good acidity, and a pleasing, firm backbone. Straightforward and delicious. This wine is a blend of eight different Russian River Valley vineyards, each separately fermented and then aged 10 months in 40% new barriques.

90 points

, Wine & Spirits, October 2018

Year’s Best US Chardonnays (Full comments to come)

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

The best rosé in Argentina? Either way, this is super-fresh and pure with more floral and candied citrus notes than red berries plus a stunning balance of racy acidity and mineral freshness. Made from malbec and pinot noir. Drink now.

94 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

Best Rosé

91 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

The very pale 2017 Susana Balbo Rosé is produced with 60% Malbec and 40% Pinot Noir. In reality, this is more of a white in terms of the aromatic and flavor profile. It's super fresh, light and agile, with notes of flowers, a vibrant palate and delicious flavors. It's really refreshing and should work wonderfully with food. Truly delicious. I think this should develop nicely for a few years in bottle. It's a lot more complex and serious than your average rosé. 40,000 bottles produced.

92+ points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

The style of the 2016 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec shows the hand of the winemaker, with a little warmer fermentation and perhaps a little more extraction. However, in the cooler and wetter 2016, this feels as fresh and floral as the BenMarco Malbec, and it has a polished and balanced palate, with some fine-grained tannins and clean, pure flavors. Precise, focused and fresh. 100,000 bottles produced.

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

A very enticing nose of pure violets, dark-jet licorice, crushed stones, moss, ripe stems, earth and forest floor. The palate shows chewy yet compact tannins, lots of tangy blue fruit and a chewy finish. Drink in 2021.

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

A fresh and clean wine with hints of rose and peach. Medium body, crisp acidity and flavorful finish. Complex and dry. 60% malbec and 40% pinot noir.

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

Aromas of oyster shell and iodine with lots of dark fruits. Full body, mushroom and berry character. Flavorful finish. Different profile for malbec. Drink or hold.

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

Aromas of stone, sliced lime and green mango character. Medium body, lovely fruit and a tangy finish. Another exotic white. Blend of sauvignon blanc, semiillion and torrontes. Drink now.

89 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

Good bright red. Slightly herbal aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice and tobacco leaf, plus a whiff of rose petal. Suave, fine-grained wine with moderate depth but a lovely restrained sweetness and firm acidity; as much red fruits as black. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins that dust the palate and teeth. Doesn't show quite the palate presence or length for 90 points but nicely structured for drinking over the next several years.

94 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

The 2016 Susana Balbo White Blend has some similarities with the Barrel Fermented Torrontés, as it shares some of the grapes, but also, the other varieties were sourced from the same vineyard in Altamira. It's composed of similar parts of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Torrontés. It's aromatic and floral, with citrus, flowers and spice, and it has very good acidity, vibrant and serious, with high minerality. There's a solid, complex palate, with added nuance and texture from the other grapes, and a super tasty finish. 10,000 bottles produced.

90 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

Pale, bright yellow. Pungent, complex nose melds grapefruit zest, lime oil, dusty herbs, white pepper, anise, crushed stone and flowers, plus notes of quinine and tarragon; today the Sauvignon Blanc dominates. The palate offers a better blend of texture and fruit ripeness than the Chardonnay or Torrontés, with a strong grapefruit flavor and a floral component providing energy and lift. A citrus peel element gives the finish a refreshing bitter edge that will make this wine very versatile at the dinner table. If this wine doesn't have quite the sappy depth of the 2015, it's still a fascinating white blend for Argentina. With 48 hours in the recorked bottle, a captivating fusel note emerged that reminded me of Riesling.

92 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

The 2015 Susana Balbo Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from Los Árboles in the district of Tunuyán in the Uco Valley, is sourced from a cool year, and has an austere, strict profile. The oak in unnoticeable, nicely folded into the wine, and the palate is ultra-sleek, polished and elegant, with very fine tannins, nice acidity, and a subtle minerality providing freshness and length. The balsamic, herbal character grows in the glass, where the wine feels fresher and fresher. This is a great vintage for this bottling. 48,000 bottles produced.

93 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

Lots of tobacco, berry and mushroom character here. Full body, tight and chewy tannins, and a savory finish. This is structured. Vibrant and beautiful. Drink in 2019.

93 points

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, June 2015

This is mostly malbec (92 percent), the balance cabernet sauvignon, grown in the heights of the Uco Valley. Its scents of black cherries, raspberries and violets make this a crystalline example of malbec, the influence of oak finely integrated into mild scents of smoke and spice that ride on waves of fruit flavor. Give this time in the glass and an earthy note brings complexity, offering an exceptional red for the price.

89 points

Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, November 2018

Sweet berry aromas of blueberry and blackberry are a touch oaky and suggestive of graphite. A plump but pulling palate is quite dry and tannic, but not mean or raw. Savory plum and berry flavors include a hint of soy sauce, while this is flush on the finish. Folio Fine Wine Partners. —

92 points

Patricio Tapia, Wine & Spirits, June 2018

The stony soils of Altamira, high into the Andes, often produce austere wines, as if imbued with a cold mountain breeze. This malbec demonstrates that austerity, the flavors walled off by monolithic tannins. Little by little, the wine shows its notes of violets and red cherries, as well as a delicious layer of spices and herbs. Still very young, it needs five years in the bottle.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

Bright, saturated medium ruby. Violet-tinged nose displays the enticing floral character of the better wines from the 2016 vintage. Vinous and intense, offering serious penetration without hardness. This sexy, juicy wine conveys excellent focus to its dark berry and floral flavors, not to mention very good integration of oak, with the small Petit Verdot component contributing lift. More about definition and balance than size. Balbo routinely picks this fruit on the early side to avoid getting an excessively high pH (it's normally in the range of 3.5 to 3.65 and this one is 3.65, with a moderate 13.6% alcohol).

87 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

Crunchy red, with zesty red fruit flavors that are backed by fresh acidity. Dried raspberry and sandalwood on the finish. Drink now. 4,300 cases imported.  WEB ONLY

94 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

The nose of the 2015 Susana Balbo Signature Torrontés Barrel Fermented is completely different from any other Torrontés I've ever encountered. It has notes of gunpowder and silex, tremendously mineral and austere. It comes from Altamira in Valle de Uco Valley where the soils are rich in limestone. It was sourced from a vineyard Susana Balbo planted in 2005 with vegetal material selected from Cafayate in Salta. The whole clusters were pressed and the must was put to ferment in second use oak barrels where the wine was kept in contact with the fine lees with some bâtonnage for four months. This is only 12.5% alcohol and has 7.6 grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid), which are good parameters that indicate a light, sharp and fresh white. If the nose is surprising, the palate is simply unbelievable, sharp, austere, mineral and long, without any bitterness or exotic flavors. White flowers emerge with time in the glass. 15,000 bottles were filled in late September 2015.

93 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2016

A white with plenty of oyster shell and dried fruit character plus hints of new oak. Full body, bright limey acidity. Fantastic barrel fermented white. Screw cap. Drink now.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2017

Bright red-ruby. Very ripe, inviting aromas of kirsch, blackberry, licorice, violet, mint and nutty new oak. A fairly concentrated, sweet midweight with a slightly reductive quality to its black cherry, berry and licorice flavors. Offers lovely verve and balance without any excesses, with sound acidity giving shape to the wine. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and a hint of youthful dryness. This is excellent.

92 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2016

(100% barrel-fermented in all-new French oak; spent three months on its lees): Pale, bright silver-yellow. Sexy reduction to the slightly funky aromas of ginger and lees. Quite Burgundian in the mouth, offering rich, sexy flavors of white peach, ginger, quinine and charred oak. Very juicy but also rich, tactile and suave; plusher than the White Blend. Very dry but Susana Balbo notes that her use of oak barrels toasted by convection supplies some polysaccharides, which give this wine a touch of sweetness. Finishes with a touch of phenolic firmness but also lovely lingering sweetness. Great sex appeal.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2015

Bright silver-yellow. Lemon, lime, honey and vanilla on the nose, complicated by a musky leesy quality and a chalky nuance. Ripe and glyceral in the mouth, with harmonious acidity framing the complex flavors of peach, citrus fruits and lees. Only 25% of this pliant, layered Torrontés went through malolactic fermentation. Susana Balbo describes this as Torrontés Riojano (the best clone of this variety) in its purest expression, noting that the plantings came from Cafayate.

89 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, November 2015

Fleshy, with flavors of roasted plum and dried berry that are long and rich-tasting. Ground coffee bean accents emerge on the savory finish. Drink now. 90 cases made.

93 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, December 2017

A well-sculpted and lusciously fruity red, with a complex mix of raspberry, currant and plum flavors that are matched to fresh acidity. Minerally midpalate with a long finish that echoes notes of slate, dried herb and pepper. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 834 cases made.

92 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

Susana Balbo's 2014 Brioso also belongs to the Signature range, and it's a selection of the best plots from their vineyard in Agrelo, the coolest part of Luján de Cuyo. The blend varies with the year, and in 2014 it was 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% each Malbec and Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. The Malbec fermented in a 6,500-liter tank and the rest in open top barrels, all with indigenous yeasts. This is still aged in 100% new French oak barrels for some 15 months. It has a 1990s profile, with plenty of oak-related aromas, sweet spices, smoke, dark chocolate and espresso coffee. There is a little less toast in the barrels used in this 2014. The palate shows abundant, slightly dusty tannins and classical proportions, elegant within the powerful style. They are progressively reducing the influence of the barrels in the wine, but this is still for fans of oaky wines. The notes from the élevage should integrate with more time in bottle. 14,000 bottles produced.

95 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2016

A powerful and structured red with balance and harmony. Full body, fine and silky tannins and a chocolate, tile and currant undertone. 45% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 25% cabernet franc and 5% petit verdot.

95 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

The chosen from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo

90 points

Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

Medium dark red. This blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot offers a lot of drinking pleasure in an inexpensive package. The nose recalls red plum and black raspberry with light herbal notes. There’s good density on the palate with a continuation of bright fruit with an earthy edge and some bright uplifting red fruit notes.

91 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

As with other wines, I tasted both the 2015 and 2016 vintages of the Brioso blend, and the 2015 Brioso showed the slightly riper and more generous character of the year. This wine is always produced with the grapes planted around the vineyard, but the blend varies slightly with the year. In 2015, it is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. The palate is round and polished, with moderate acidity. 18,000 bottles were filled in September 2016.

95 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

N/A

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2018

Aromas of blueberry, hot stone and berry follow through to a medium body, lightly chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. A little lean in the center palate. Drink or hold.

91 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

Bright dark ruby. Inviting scents of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate. At once creamy, juicy and precise, conveying lovely floral lift and precision to its dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. This rather delicate wine boasts excellent lift in the mouth. Finishes with nicely buffered, ripe tannins and slowly rising length. Should make a very elegant dinner-table wine. Balbo shortened this wine's time in 100% new oak from 15 to 12 months in 2016. (Incidentally, she sold much of her 2015 Brioso red to Chile's national airline, LAN.)

91 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

A fresh-tasting red, with concentrated flavors of cherry, raspberry and damson plum that feature some tobacco leaf notes. The vibrant finish offers engaging minerality, green olive accents and firm tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. 40 cases imported. 

93 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

More austere in the palate but nicely aromatic, the 2016 Brioso shows quite open, with a mixture of violets and sweet spices. The blend this year is 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 24% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot, and as always, it matured in brand new French oak barrels for 15 months. 20,000 bottles produced.

95 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

Brambleberries, blackcurrants, boysenberries, oyster shell, creme de cassis and herbal liqueur but also freshly-cut rosemary, thyme and pepper. Very linear and vibrant on the palate with tightly-wound tannins and very fresh acidity that remains in balance all the way to the long finish. The freshness is really what leaves the final impression. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot. Try after 2021.

94 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

N/A

88 points

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, October 2018

Offers a peachy aroma, with flavors to match, as well as dried apple, pear compote and green herb notes that feature some creamy accents. The minerally finish is fresh and lively. Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontés and Sémillon. Drink now. 834 cases made.  WEB ONLY

88 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

Healthy dark red-ruby. Expressive aromas of raspberry, mocha and spices show noteworthy nuance for the price range. Juicy, spicy, very supple wine with good vinosity to its red fruit flavors. Savory, pleasant and quite suave.

90 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

The 2017 Críos Malbec saw a change in the range, where the oak staves have been discontinued and only 30% percentage of the wine aged in well-seasoned neutral oak barrels. This is perfumed and juicy, with nice ripeness and a tasty palate. It is very accessible and comes from a typical vintage in which the wine managed to maintain moderate alcohol. 350,000 bottles produced. 2017 was a low-yielding year, the second shortest in the last few years.

90 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

90 points

Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

Classic Mendoza Malbec showing a fresh bouquet of blackberry, graphite and a touch of cacao. The mouth feel is Malbec-soft but there’s bright acidity, firm tannins, lots of spicy flavor and a good finish.

90 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

Always a solid malbec with dried fruit, figs and mushroom character. Medium body, soft and easy tannins and a savory finish. Screw cap. Drink now.

90 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

Violets, morello cherries, dried lavender, citrus and some herbs. Fresh and fruity on the palate with pretty acidity, juicy tannins and a succulent finish. Drink now.

90 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, November 2015

89 points

Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

Medium red rose. A very attractive rosé showing ripe red berries on the nose with an additional red cherry note on the palate. It’s densely flavored and full on the palate with rich extract showing on a long finish. Well done.

90 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, May 2016

A bright and fun wine with sliced lemon and orange blossom. Medium to full body, crisp finish. A blend of of fruit from Altamira and Cafayate. Screw cap.

91 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, November 2015

90 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2016

91 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, June 2017

Lots of dried lemon and green apple character. Medium body, lime and grapefruit. Crisp. A blend of grapes from Mendoza and Cafayate. Screw cap.

88 points

Donald Winkler, International Wine Review, October 2017

Highly perfumed showing rose water and fresh Muscat. It’s light on the palate with perfumed, white peach fruit and firm acidity. It’s a clean, easy drinking wine. The fruit comes from high vineyards in La Rioja, Tucumán, and Mendoza with an average age of 32 years.

90 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, September 2017

92 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, March 2018

Quite a citric torrontes that has some passion fruit and lychee notes, too. There's a great interplay of fruit, yeasty character (this gives just a hint of creaminess) and crisp acidity. Quite a long, mineral finish. 50% Uco Valley and 50% Cafayate. Drink now. Screw cap.

90 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, July 2018

The 2017 Críos Torrontés is grapey, spicy and floral, which is a combination of Cafayate with Mendoza. It has notions of talcum powder and some citrus and mineral notes with less tropical notes. The style is fresh with good acidity. Sixty percent of the grapes are now from Altamira, a profile that has been growing and might grow even more in the future. Nice balance in the palate. 324,000 bottles produced.

90 points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

Very pale color. Musky scents of lemon, fresh apricot, flowers and lichee. Salty, sappy and very dry, with a sexy musky quality that calls to mind both Condrieu and Chablis. More classic than the 2016 version, this wine should make a terrific aperitif but could also pair well with grilled fish or sushi. Susana Balbo told me that Torrontés from Cafayate is frequently too turpenic, so she has planted more Torrontés in Altamira, next to her Signature Malbec. She noted that the 2015 and 2016 versions of this bottling were more Sauvignon Blanc-like and that she picked especially early in 2017. A superb value at $15.

96 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, October 2018

N/A

96 points

James Suckling, James Suckling, April 2018

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-in, framing tons of violet and lavender flavors and carrying them long on the finish. 75% malbec and 25% cabernet franc. Drink in 2022.

89+ points

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, August 2018

Bright, full ruby. Lovely nutty oak notes complement blackberry and violet on the nose. In a rather cool, even slightly lean style, showing an obvious herbal element to its dark berry and licorice flavors. The oak still needs a year or two to meld with the wine's fruit. Good calcaire lift gives grip to the finish.

94 points

Patricio Tapia, Descorchados, January 2017

91+ points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

There are more notes of aromatic herbs (thyme mainly) in the nose of the 2015 Benmarco Malbec, from a year with an extra degree of freshness compared with 2014. This is also sourced from Los Chacayes and matured in used oak barrels. The palate shows great balance, very fine tannins and a fine thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and giving it length. Some 100,000 bottles produced.

91 points

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

There are more notes of aromatic herbs (thyme mainly) in the nose of the 2015 Benmarco Malbec, from a year with an extra degree of freshness compared with 2014. This is also sourced from Los Chacayes and matured in used oak barrels. The palate shows great balance, very fine tannins and a fine thread of acidity going through its core, lifting it up and giving it length. Some 100,000 bottles produced.