Dec. 19, 2017 |
Kim Marcus, writer, editor and official taster of Wine Spectator wrote an article about the new directions in Argentina. Here some extracts where our wines are mentioned:
Malbec continues to rule as Argentina´s signature varietal, but winemakers are now making high-quality wines other than 100 percent expressions of this full-bodied red. These include well-structured and flavorful blends, some based on Malbec and other not, as well as varietal bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Also in the mix are a handful of interesting whites, led by Chardonnay.
A shining example in this nascent is a wine called Brioso, made by the nation´s premier female winemaker, Susana Balbo, of Dominio del Plata. A single-vineyard bottling from the Agrelo district of Mendoza, this red is well-sculpted and lusciously fruity, a blend of 45 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Malbec, 25 percent Cabernet Franc and 5 percent Petit Verdot. The 2014 version rated 93 points on Wine Spectator´s 100 point scale and costs a reasonable $45 a bottle.
Balbo says the wine is the result of a search for freshness in her most recent bottlings, which Brioso delivers in spades, offering a mix of raspberry, currant and plum flavors matched to crisp acidity. After being handpicked, destemmed and lightly crushed, the wine was made with an extended maceration of 40 days to extract as much fruit as possible. It was aged 15 months in new French oak barrels. "I like elegance in my wines so people can drink more than one glass", Balbo says, describing her vision for Brioso [...]
Since my last report on the country ("Storm Warning," Dec.31, 2016 - Jan.15, 2017), I have tasted 235 Argentine wines in Wine Spectator´s offices in Napa. Seventy-six of those scored an outstanding 90 points or higher. Topping the charts overall are two single-vineyard Malbecs that scored a classic 95 points. A late release from 2013 is the Nosotros Single Vineyard Nómade Malbec ($115), powerful and concentrated, with dark fruit and spice flavors that are well-structured. The vineyard is located in the Gualtallary district, and the winemaker Susana Balbo notes that 2013 was the last warm vintage in Argentina until 2017.