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Argentina

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world, producing somewhat more in an average year that Australia. That fact is surprising, given that Argentina winemaking was largely unknown outside of Argentina and its neighboring nations until the 1990s, when long-time producers and innovative newcomers started making higher quality wines with an eye to exporting. With its extremely high vineyards – usually between 2,300 and 4,600 feet above sea level – Argentina’s grapes are richly flavored due to widely fluctuating day and night temperatures, and virtually free of disease. Malbec is the most widely grown grape, followed by Bonarda. Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Merlot are just a few of the other red wine grapes grown. Torrontés is the most distinctive white grape, though Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are some of the other commonly grown white grapes. Many wine writers say that Argentina is South America’s leader in high quality wines, and prestigious wine producers from Europe and the U.S. have flocked to Argentina to open wineries or to partner with other vignerons. Among the big international names involved in winemaking in Argentina are the Rothschilds of Lafite, Moet et Chandon, Pierre Lurton of Cheval Blanc, Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland.

2012 Paul Hobbs Bramare Lujan de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon

JS  95   
ST  90+    
5 available
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2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

WA  98   
ST  92+    
3 available
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2016 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

WA  96   
JS  95   
JR  17.5+    
4 available
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2016 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

WA  96   
JS  95   
JR  17.5+    

2009 Viña Cobos Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Malbec

WS  93   
ST  92   

2013 Viña Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Block C2 Malbec

ST  91   
5 available
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2014 Viña Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Block C2 Malbec

6 available
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2013 Viña Cobos Volturno

VN  93   
WS  90   
4 available
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2011 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

Light label condition issue

WS  96   
WA  95   
VN  92   

2011 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

WS  96   
WA  95   
VN  92   

2004 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Medrano

Light label condition issue

WA  96   
WS  94   

2006 Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

WA  92   
WS  91   
2 available
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2006 Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah

WA  93   
WS  91   
3 available
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2006 Tikal Patriota

WA  92   

2008 Dominio del Plata BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Light label condition issue

3 available
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2008 Dominio del Plata BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

2 available
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2008 Dominio del Plata BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon

Very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

2017 Pulenta Estate Gran Cabernet Franc XI

2017 Pulenta Estate Gran Malbec X

2018 Chakana Ayni Malbec

VN  92   
JR  16.5   
4 available
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2013 Susana Balbo Brioso

Light label condition issue

ST  92   

2009 Altamira de los Andes Malbec Reserve

WA  92   
ST  91   

2006 Antucura Gran Vin Vista Flores

WA  92   
VN  92   
2 available
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2018 Viejo Isaias Cabernet Franc

2018 Viejo Isaias Cabernet Franc

Light label condition issue