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2015 Mendel MalbecMalbec from Argentina

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  • 93 Tim Atkin, MW
  • 91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
  • 90 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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93

"It’s well worth trading up from Lunta, however good it is, to this, more serious Malbec. It’s a compact, dense, sweetly fruited red with a backbone of tannin and acidity and stylishly judged oak. Has the concentration to age for a while yet. 2018-23"

91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

"(aged in 40% new oak; from vines averaging 89 years of age): Deep, bright medium ruby. Very ripe on the nose, offering scents of singed black raspberry, licorice and Baker's chocolate. Fatter and less refined than the 2015 Cabernet but the superripe dark berry, plum, spice and chocolate flavors spread out nicely to saturate the palate. Finishes with dense, broad, smooth tannins and very good length."

90 Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Bottled in September 2016, the 2015 Malbec is sourced from their old vineyard in Mayor Drummond in Luján de Cuyo. 2015 was not an easy vintage, but winemaker Roberto de la Mota explained how this old, organically-farmed vineyard with natural low yields was a lot healthier than the average, and they didn't suffer much from botrytis. There are some aromas of plum skin, hints of decayed flowers and some hints of development, perhaps not fully focused. It feels ripe, with black rather than red fruit. The palate is more austere than what the nose points at, with fine tannins and a sharp finish. I think it should be better with a little more time in bottle. 80,000 bottles produced."

Product Detail

Item # 100745
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Sub-Region Lujan de Cuyo
Ratings

93 - Tim Atkin, MW

91 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

90 - Luis Gutierrez - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 14.7%
Varietal(s) Malbec
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste pepper, earth, green, plum, mocha and currant
Nose spice, earth, currant and cherry