2 wines.

Casarena "Naoki's Vineyard" Mendoza Malbec 2014

92 Our Score
92 Wine Advocate
92 Wine Spectator
92 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
(6/2018) "(From vines on a plateau above Agrelo on the eastern side of the valley; the amount of limestone in this soil is unusual for the area, which is not normally a prime place for Malbec): Bright red-ruby. Highly aromatic perfume of blackberry, violet and licorice, plus a touch of peppery wildness; I was reminded both of Pinot Noir and northern Rhone Syrah. Plush, savory, pungent wine with distinctive limestone energy giving the middle palate a light touch. Utterly fine-grained wine with terrific subtle flavor intensity and grip. Finishes with very smooth tannins and lovely rising floral length. A very complex, penetrating Malbec with lovely restrained sweetness."
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750 ML
~10 bottlesCheck all Stores

Mendel "Lunta" Lujan de Cuyo Malbec 2015

90 Our Score
92 James Suckling
90 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer
(7/2017) "(14.5% alcohol; from very old vines on stony soil close to the river; 50% done in tank): Bright red-ruby. Blackberry and violet scents are accented by stony minerality. A sweet, pliant fruit bomb on the palate; surprisingly fleshy and broad but with lovely inner-mouth floral lift. An element of smoky minerality contributes complexity to the berry and plum fruit. Finishes with seamless tannins and excellent length. Quite substantial for this entry-level wine."
750 ML
120+ bottlesCheck all Stores
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