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Vintages: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010


2013 Vintages

2013 Torrontes

2013 Torrontes

  • JamesSuckling.com

    90 Points

    "A white with almost a semillon character, dried lemon and apples. Lime aromas and flavors too, plus saltiness. Full body, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Delicious now."
    JamesSuckling.com
    August 2014

  • Wine Advocate

    89 points - Best Buy

    "Relatively restrained, with aromas of orange peel and tangerine, the palate is fresh, with good acidity and a citric finish that is ideal to go with some empanadas. Enjoy! Drink now."
    Wine Advocate
    April 2014

2012 Malbec

2013 Malbec

  • Wine Advocate

    90+ Points

    "From one of the best harvests in the Uco Valley... The nose is fruit-driven with nice shiny berries, something fresh and leafy (think tea leaves). The palate is medium-bodied with great acidity"
    Wine Advocate
    August 2015


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2012 Vintages

2012 Torrontes

2012 Torrontés

  • Steven Tanzer

    88 Points

    "Juicy, spicy and cool on the palate... A nicely restrained style, offering good intensity and cut..."
    — Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
    March 2014

  • Wine Enthusiast

    88 points - Best Buy

    "Citrusy and also a bit tropical on the bouquet, and together the aromatic mix is appealing. A fresh mouthfeel is a bonus... Captures most of what's good about the variety."
    Wine Enthusiast
    November 2013

  • ArgoVino

    90 Points

    "Concentrated aromas of butterscotch and white peach dominate the nose of this excellent Torrontés from La Rioja. The flavors are consistent, direct, and long-lived, with not even a hint of bitterness in the finish. A seriously well-crafted white."
    ArgoVino
    October 2013

  • SF International Wine Competition

    Silver Medal


    SF International Wine Competition
    June 2013

2012 Malbec

2012 Malbec

  • JamesSuckling.com

    91 Points

    "A ripe red with dark berries, bark, coffee bean and spice aromas that follow through to a full body, soft and velvety tannins and a juicy, fruity finish. Pretty black pepper and spice aftertaste to the fruit. A yummy red for drinking now."
    JamesSuckling.com
    August 2014

  • Wine Advocate

    90 Points

    "Complex bouquet of dried flowers, raspberries, blueberries and sweet vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied, with great acidity and freshness, pure, focused flavors and great length. Superb for the price. Bravo!"
    Wine Advocate
    April 2014

  • Steven Tanzer

    88+ Points

    "Crushed blackberry and cassis... Dense, tactile and spicy but with a light touch."
    — Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
    March 2014

  • Wine&Spirits

    91 Points

    "This wine may trap you in the intensity of its violet and cherry flavors, the fruit nearly rabid in its freshness and neon in its redness. The texture is as raspy as lime pith, holding the fruit with a firm grip. Spicy and electric!"
    Wine & Spirits Magazine - Year's Best Argentine Malbecs
    February 2014

  • ArgoVino

    88 Points

    "The gorgeous fuchsia rim and notes of ink and black pepper in the nose make this an inviting proposition now, but it's truly a malbec for aging, with strong tannins lending support to crisp red plum and black coffee flavors. In a couple of years, this could turn out to be a world-beater - all the depth is there."
    ArgoVino
    October 2013

  • Wine Spectator

    89 Points

    "Dark and pure, delivering bright black raspberry, cherry coulis, fine spice and cherry pit notes. Racy, with a floral-accented aftertaste. Drink now."
    Wine Spectator
    October 2013

2012 Aliado

2012 Aliado

  • Wine Spectator

    90 points

    “This plush red offers notes of red licorice to the flavors of red berry, raspberry preserves and mulberry, with hints of white pepper. Ends with a finish that resonates with rose petal and floral accents. Drink now through 2019.”
    Wine Spectator
    November 2015

  • Wine Advocate

    89 points

    "Plenty of aromas of cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder over a core of ripe black fruit and some decayed flowers. The palate is also very floral, with fine-grained tannins, juicy fruit and moderate acidity."
    Wine Advocate
    August 2015

  • JamesSuckling.com

    90 Points

    "A solid core of ripe fruit to this wine with an acid and mineral backbone. Full body, tight tannins and a crisp finish. Bright and drinkable. Drink now."
    JamesSuckling.com
    June 2015

2012 Gran Corte

2012 Gran Corte

  • Wine Enthusiast

    90 Points

    Full review coming soon...

  • Wine Advocate

    92 points

    "The nose is very spicy with plenty of chocolate and ripe plum aromas. Good fruit ripeness allowed for co-fermenting many of the varieties, which integrates the fruit characters. This is a ripe, showy blend."
    Wine Advocate
    August 2015

  • JamesSuckling.com

    92 Points

    "A wine with wonderful density of dark fruit and hints of wet earth. Full body, fine tannins and a savory finish. Bright fruit too. Drink or hold."
    JamesSuckling.com
    June 2015


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2011 Vintages

2011 Torrontes

2011 Torrontes

  • Steven Tanzer

    88 Points

    "Perfumed, bracing aromas of quinine, ginger, mint, flowers and white peach struck me as slightly riesling-like. Good texture here."
    — Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
    March 2013

  • Wine Advocate

    90 points

    "(The 2011 Torrontés) has a very attractive bouquet that is well-defined, akin to a well-defined Viognier. This is a superb Torrontes, surfeit with vigor and personality. Drink now."
    Wine Advocate
    October 2012

  • Sunset International Wine Competition

    Silver Medal

    "(The 2011 Torrontés) has a very attractive bouquet that is well-defined, akin to a well-defined Viognier. This is a superb Torrontes, surfeit with vigor and personality. Drink now."
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    July 2012

  • SF International Wine Competition

    Silver Medal

    "One of only four Torrontés to receive a gold/silver medal."
    Sunset International Wine Competition
    June 2012

  • Ken's Wine Guide

    90 Points (Very Good)

    "One of the best Torrontés that I have covered in quite a while. I would pair it with chicken satay"
    Ken's Wine Guide
    April 2012

  • Wine Enthusiast

    88 Points

    "Flavors of tangerine, melon and lychee are authentic and well balanced, while the finish is musky, fresh and confirms the wine's high quality."
    Wine Enthusiast
    May 2012

2011 Malbec

2011 Malbec

  • Stephen Tanzer

    89 Points

    "Good, bright ruby-red with aromas of blackberry, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate, complicated by a flinty note. Integrated acidity. Generous, pliant, expressive wine with good inner-palate lift and a saline clinging quality. Very good length."
    — Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
    March 2013

  • Restaurant Wine

    4 stars - Excellent

    "Extremely ripe and full bodied, this is a rich, well balanced wine with a long, lightly oaky finish. It tastes of blackberry, strawberry jam, toast, oak, and plum."
    Restaurant Wine
    2013

  • The Tasting Panel Magazine

    91 Points

    "Smooth and lush with rich blackberry and spice; lovely vanilla oak and juicy fruit; long and complex with a balanced, dense style."
    The Tasting Panel Magazine
    December 2012

  • Wine Advocate

    90 Points

    "(The 2011 Malbec has) rounded raspberry and pomegranate aromas laced with honey and a touch of fresh mango, an exotic nose that is difficult to resist."
    Wine Advocate
    October 2012

2011 Aliado

2011 Aliado

  • JamesSuckling.com

    93 Points

    "Fabulous aromas of blackberries, bramble berries, and mahogany follow through to a full body with ultra-velvety tannins and a dark chocolate, smoked meat and berry aftertaste. This shows complexity and finesse. A wine made by Santiago Achával of Achával Ferrer for The Vines of Mendoza. Drink or hold."
    JamesSuckling.com
    August 2014

  • Restaurant Wine

    5/5 stars - Excellent

    "Very fine quality, this is a vibrant, intensely flavored, full bodied Malbec with excellent balance and flavor (blueberry, plum, herbs, pepper)."
    Restaurant Wine
    August 2014

  • Wine Advocate

    92 Points

    "The nose shows great depth and purity, revealing elegant, subtle aromas of raspberries, licorice and violets. Equally pure and elegant flavors, with very good acidity, persistence and length. The oak is perfectly integrated into the wine. This is ready to enjoy now but should age with grace. A superb Malbec."
    Wine Advocate
    April 2014

  • ArgoVino

    93 Points

    "Exquisite is the only word to describe the flavors of this robust and satisfying malbec from one of Mendoza's American-Argentine joint ventures... It's already outstanding and will only get better."
    ArgoVino
    April 2014

  • Wine Spectator

    92 Points

    "Dark and pure, delivering a juicy core of black cherry puree, cassis and licorice, followed by nuances of spice, wildflower and mineral. Fine and detailed."
    Wine Spectator
    November 2013

2011 Gran Corte

2011 Gran Corte

  • JamesSuckling.com

    95 Points

    "This shows incredible purity with a savory and salty undertone. Pure and precise fruit too: blackberry, blueberry and bramble berry character, plus hints of spices and minerals. It's full-bodied and wonderfully integrated with refined tannins and a long and beautiful finish."
    JamesSuckling.com
    October 2014

  • Restaurant Wine

    4+ stars - Excellent

    "An impressive blend: fleshy in texture and richly flavored, this is a wine with evident oakiness, good balance, and a tannic, long finish tasting of blackberry, plum jam, toast, cedar, black licorice, herbs, and cocoa."
    Restaurant Wine
    August 2014

  • Wine Advocate

    93 Points

    "Aroma is subtle, complex, and restrained with integration of the wood notes with ripe red and black fruit and flowery aromas. The varieties are also very well-integrated. The ultra-sleek palate has silky tannins, very pure and focused flavors, balanced acidity and great length."
    Wine Advocate
    April 2014

  • Tim Atkins MW

    94 Points

    "Malbec-based blend... combining perfume with fruit weight and concentration, but there's spiciness, freshness and appealing oak adding to the layers of flavors, too."
    Tim Atkin MW | Argentina 2014 Special Report
    March 2014

  • Stephen Tanzer

    90 Points

    "...Elegantly styled, with fine-grained dark berry and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity and spreading out to saturate the palate."
    — Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
    March 2014

  • Wine Spectator

    91 Points

    "Cassis, macerated cherry and blueberry puree notes mesh with bright acidity and savory undertones of hot stone, wild herb and licorice in this dark, structured red, leading to a chewy finish."
    Wine Spectator
    November 2013


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2010 Vintages

2010 Torrontes

2010 Torrontés

  • Restaurant Wine

    4 stars - Excellent

    "Extremely fruity and floral in character, this is a dry, intensely flavored wine with a long finish, tasting of orange blossom, grapefruit, musk, and clove."
    Restaurant Wine
    June 2012

  • Gayot

    14 out of 20 points (Good)

    "Boasting an aromatic bouquet of citrus and wildflowers, this fruity white wine would pair well with pesto chicken pizza or roasted vegetables."
    Gayot.com
    April 2012

  • The Reverse Wine Snob

    8 out of 10 points

    "The wine tastes very nice and has a crisp liveliness to it... The very refreshing, medium-length finish features lingering fruit with a little underlying minerality..."
    — Jon Thorsen The Reverse Wine Snob
    February 2012

2010 Malbec

2010 Malbec

  • Wine Advocate

    89 Points

    "(The 2010 Malbec) has a gorgeous, luscious bouquet with succulent, vanilla-infused red fruit with scents of crème de cassis, blackberry sorbet and a touch of creamy oak. This is a great Malbec. Drink now-2016."
    Wine Advocate
    October 2012

  • Sommelier Challenge

    Silver Medal

    Sommelier Challange International Wine Competition
    September 2012

  • Sunset International Wine Competition

    Gold Medal

    Sunset International Wine Competition
    July 2012

  • Gayot

    4+ stars - Exceptional

    "Deeply colored, richly flavored and well balanced, this is a fine Malbec with intense fruitiness, moderate oakiness and a very long finish. Great value!"
    Restaurant Wine
    June 2012

  • Wine Enthusiast

    90 points

    "This is concentrated and pure, with focused boysenberry, subtle oak and graham cracker aromas. Narrow, linear and precise on the finish; Drink now-2014."
    Wine Enthusiast
    August 2012

  • Gayot

    14 out of 20 points (Good)

    "...Best Malbecs we've tasted ...highest rated wines."
    Gayot.com Featured as "Top Rated Malbec"
    April 2012

  • Parker

    4+ stars - Exceptional

    "Recuerdo Malbec 2010 (Santiago Achavel + Pablo Martorell) absolutely stunning tonight. Pure Malbec heaven"
    — Neal Martin (@nealmartin) of the Wine Advocate via Twitter
    February 2012

  • The Reverse Wine Snob

    9 out of 10 points

    "...The smooth and spicy tannins intensify into the excellent dry finish and the silky spice and dark fruit flavors linger a long time. Really a nice wine!"
    — Jon Thorsen The Reverse Wine Snob
    December 2011


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