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89 points

2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2014

“(includes 5% each merlot and cabernet franc; aged for 11 months in 80% new French oak): Dark, bright red. Musky aromas of currant, plum, tobacco, roast coffee and smoky oak, plus a hint of herbs. Shows a glyceral texture but also a firm acid spine to its nicely perfumed red and darker berry flavors accented by spices and herbs. Finishes with firm, ripe, dusty tannins and very good grip and length. Plenty of personality here.”

88 points

2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, October 2012

“The 2011 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, comes from 21-year-old vines and is raised in new French oak and used American oak for 11 months. It has an expressive bouquet of blackberry, allspice, fresh strawberry and mocha that unfurls temptingly from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a cocoa-tinged entry layering the powdery tannins. There is good depth here, with a fine, spicy finish laced with red peppercorns and a little sage. Drink now-2017.”

88 points

2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, April 2014

“The 2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe version of Cabernet with small amounts of other Bordeaux varieties and roasted aromas of charred wood, ripe plums, blackberries and cassis. The palate is medium-bodied, with the telltale texture of Cabernet, and has fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins and a licorice-tingled finish. A good, ripe Cabernet that is drinkable now, but should improve in bottle. Drink now-2018.”

87 points

2012 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, 2013

“A ripe, fleshy red, offering a solid core of raspberry, cherry, spice and cedar notes that turn a touch dry on the finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases imported.”

92 points

2011 BenMarco Expresivo

Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator, November 2013

“This dark red features crisp acidity to its candied plum, dark cherry and cassis fruit, with red licorice, spice and mocha lining the vibrant finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tannat, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2018. 750 cases imported.”

91 points

2011 BenMarco Expresivo

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2014

“(a blend of 50% malbec, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 10% syrah, 10% tannat, 5% petit verdot and 5% bonarda): Good bright medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of black cherry, exotic spices, licorice and vanillin oak. Concentrated and high-pitched, with brisk acidity giving shape and definition to the lively flavors of blackberry, violet, cocoa powder and licorice. Has the suave yet serious tannic structure to support a graceful evolution in bottle. Very long on the aftertaste.”

92 points

2014 BenMarco Expresivo

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 2016

“The one blended wine in the BenMarco line that I tasted was the 2014 BenMarco Expresivo, in this case it's 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc from Gualtallary, from a young vineyard that gives low yields. The fermentation was completely natural, without any added yeasts, and the élevage was extended to 14 months, also in used French oak barrels. There is more influence from the élevage here, with some smoky, toasty and spicy notes over the core of violets, cherries and just a tiny herbal twist. The palate shows some abundant fine-grained tannins that point at the need to give it some more time in bottle and enjoy it with some hearty food. 15,000 bottles were filled in September 2015.”

89 points

2011 BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, March 2013

“Moderately saturated red-ruby. Musky aromas of redcurrant, plum, tobacco, mocha, herbs and menthol. Silky and suave on entry, then smooth in the middle, with moderate concentration and richness to the flavors of currant, dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and peppery herbs. Savory more than sweet and nicely aromatic on the lingering finish, which shows a good balance of fresh acidity and ripe, mounting tannins. Essentially a gentle style of cabernet and accessible already.”