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Casarena "Naoki's Vineyard" Mendoza Malbec 2014

Newsletter Wines: June 2019 Newsletter
Varietal: Malbec
Sub-Region: Lujan de Cuyo
Region: Mendoza
Color: Red
Country/State: Argentina
92 Our Score (4/2019)
92 Wine Advocate (12/30/2016) "I also tasted the 2014 Malbec Naoki's Vineyard, from a slightly warmer and riper vintage, but they compensated it with an earlier harvest and achieved lower alcohol in the wine. This was the fourth productive year for the vines, which yielded more grapes, and they were able to produce some 30,000 bottles. The fourth crop from new vines usually yields very concentrated juice full of flavors and aromas, as it's the first time the plant is able to produce enough grapes as the root system should be properly established and it feels like the plant has been waiting to express itself. It combines some herbal aromas with plenty of violets, very floral and aromatic. The palate revealed fine tannins and very good acidity and balance. The violets kept growing as the wine sat in the glass. Very showy. Quite impressive, especially for a warmer, riper year."
92 Wine Spectator (12/31/2017) "Ripe, rich and robust, with a complex mix of ground coffee, chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Asian spice notes fill in midpalate. The finish that is loaded with cocoa powder and cream accents. Drink now through 2020. 300 cases made."
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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