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Bodega Flechas De Los Andes Gran Corte 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - This is the first vintage of this wine. It shows attractive berry and chocolate character with firm tannins and a savory finish....
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Bodega Flechas De Los Andes Gran Malbec 2012 750ml

Rated 91+ - Bright, medium ruby-red. Dark, aromatic, slightly high-toned scents of black cherry, licorice, tobacco leaf, violet, minerals and...
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Catena Zapata Malbec Adrianna Vineyard River Stones 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Bright and fresh fruit with raspberry and blueberry character. Stone and concrete undertones. Full body, firm tannins and a tangy...
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Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino 2012 750ml

Rated 98 - Very dense and powerful with a tight palate of blue fruit and raspberry undertones. Salty with wonderful length and intensity. A blend...
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Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2012 Malbec Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard feels fresher and more harmonious than the 2011, when in reality the vintage character is...
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Pulenta Gran Malbec 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Loads of stones and cool fruits such as blueberry and raspberry. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and berry, chocolate and hints of cream....
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Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec Las Compuertas Single Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Intense blackberry, mint and stone character. Full-bodied, silky and refined with a lovely dry finish of walnuts and mineral. A subtle...

2012 Argentina Cuyo Malbec

As the world's fifth largest producer of wine, after France, Italy, Spain and the United States, Argentina has plenty to offer the international wine market in regards to both quantity and quality. Despite this being the case for several decades now, it has only been since the end of the twentieth century that the Argentinian wine industry has really begun to up their game when it comes to the methods and techniques required to produce world class wines, which are both representative of their country and region of origin, and which stand alone as complex, interesting and delicious wines to drink. As Argentina became a serious contender in the international wine market, wineries previously concerned primarily with high volumes began to change their priorities, and formerly struggling small bodegas and independent wineries began to find success. Nowadays, well crafted wines from smaller vineyards in Argentina are being lauded as some of the finest in the world, and the country is starting to reap the benefits of its heritage, which include some very old vines, and up to four centuries of experience in wine production.

Undoubtedly the most important viticultural region of the country of Argentina is Cuyo, the arid and red-soiled area within central-west Argentina which produces over eighty percent of the nation's wine each year. Cuyo represents the finest aspects of Argentinian wine making, with wineries in the region celebrating their traditions which stretch back to the sacramental wines first introduced to the country by Spanish settlers hundreds of years ago. As with much of Argentina, Cuyo is most famous for the production of Malbec wines, with Malbec grapes thriving prodigiously in the hot climate of the region, reaching full ripeness in ways they rarely could in their native France, and producing wines of exceptional flavor and quality. The Desaguadero River is the key water source in this otherwise dry and dusty region, and successful irrigation projects have helped bring water to even the driest vineyards within Cuyo.

The purple Malbec variety grapes which now grow all over the Old and New Worlds had their origins in France, where they are one of the few grape varieties allowed to be used in the highly esteemed blended wines of Bordeaux. However, it is perhaps the New World Malbec wines which have attracted the most attention in recent years, as they thrive in hot southern climates in ways they cannot in their native country, where the damp conditions leave them highly vulnerable to rot. Malbec grapes are renowned for their high tannin content, resulting in full-bodied red wines packed with ripe, plummy flavors and held in their characteristically dark, garnet colored liquid. In many countries, Malbec is still used primarily as a varietal for blending, as it adds a great level of richness and density to other, lighter and thinner varietals. However, single variety Malbec wines have been greatly on the rise in recent years, with some fantastic results and big, juicy flavors marking them out as a great wine for matching with a wide range of foods.