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91 • Durigutti 2009 Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza $24.99. Cellar Selection.
Deep opaque purple color, as black as the night. Resonant nose of black currants and burnt vine cuttings. Juicy big berry and earth flavors and fine tannins follow. Enticing, warm lingering finish bodes well for this wine. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
90 • Durigutti 2012 Clásico, Malbec, Mendoza $15.99. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Brambly toasty fig cake and twig scents lead. Ripe black fruits, mainly plums with hint of raspberries and mint cream. Big flavors follow, richly textured with a juicy yet grippy finish. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
90 • Omnium 2012 Malbec, Mendoza $9.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of chocolate coffee bean, caramel cake, and raspberry-cherry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, honey, and peppery spice finish. A fruity, juicy crowd-pleasing malbec that delivers taste and value. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
90 • Nahuel 2010 Black Label Reserve, Malbec, Mendoza $17. Cellar Selection. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Bright, slightly smoky aromas of raspberry creme brulee and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, cedar, apple and mineral accented finish with firm, steak friendly tannins. A really nice table wine. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
89 • Alamos 2010 Selección, Malbec, Mendoza $20. Cellar Selection.
Purple black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, berry pie, and pickling spices with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well-balanced spiced apple and citrus accented finish. Very flavorful and refreshing. (tasted on Feb-25-2013)
89 • NICE 2009 Reserve, Malbec, Mendoza $33.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of sautéed cherries and berries and spiced chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery spice, pencil shaving, and cranberry accented finish. Very tasty. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
88 • Fabre Montmayou 2011 Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza $15.99.
Warm toasted brewers yeast notes dominate the bouquet. With air, black currants and a hint of violets come into play. Rich flavors and very old world "left bank" comparisons can be made. Quite tannic with good depth. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
87 • The Naked Grape NV Malbec, Argentina $7.99. Best Buy.
Garnet color. Aromas of gherkin, peppery spice, and dried sour cherry with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, berry cobbler and cream, honeyed nut, and mineral accented finish. A nice zippy sipper. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
86 • Viniterra 2010 Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza $12.99. Best Buy.
Deep garnet color. Aromas of dried cherry, honeycomb, and toasty nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, apple, citrus nut, and spice driven finish with crunchy tannins. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
86 • Alberti 154 2011 Malbec, Mendoza $14.99. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Bright red fruits lead along with a delicate floral scent. A Triscuit wheat cracker scent also is a plus as is a hint of potters clay. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
85 • Redwood Creek 2011 Malbec, Mendoza $8.
Interesting nose reminiscent of Christmas fruit cake and even suet pudding. Tangy, salted black currants came on along with a subtle mocha note. This wine is in need of a longer finish. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
85 • Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask, Malbec, Mendoza $11.99.
Brambly aromas and a composted pile of leaves remain the first impression. Later some black currants and cotton ball scents came on. In spite of the odd scents it is a pretty easy drink with firm tannins shoring up the finish. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
84 • Chessman 2010 Malbec, Mendoza $12.99.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of smoked cherries, herbs and caramel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted nut and chalk accented finish with pithy tannins. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)
83 • Trapiche 2010 Broquel, Malbec, Mendoza $16.99.|Find-a-Wine|
Funky old wood staves and salted nut shells are the lead scents. Later aromas reminiscent of black currants and plum pudding evolved. A donut wine with no mid-palate and a very tannic finish. (tasted on Feb-04-2013)