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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.

2005 Bodega Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec

Light capsule condition issue; very top shoulder fill; light label condition issue

WA  93   
WS  93   
WE  92   
ST  91   

2004 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

WA  98   
ST  93+    
WS  92   
JR  17.5   
5 available
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2017 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

JS  97   
WA  95   
ST  95   
JR  16.5   

2002 Viña Cobos Marchiori Vineyard Malbec

WA  96   
WS  95   

2012 Viña Cobos Volturno

JS  96   
3 available
Bid *

N.V. Wagner Family of Wines Red Schooner Voyage 8

2004 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

WA  98   
WS  95   
WS  #78 of 2006   

2004 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

Light label condition issue

WA  98   
WS  95   
WS  #78 of 2006   

2007 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Bella Vista Perdriel

Light label condition issue

WS  95   
WA  94-97   
3 available
Bid *

2005 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Medrano

WA  94   
WS  93   
ST  92+    

2006 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador Medrano

Light label condition issue

WS  95   
2 available
Bid *

2008 Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WS  91   
WS  #68 of 2010   
2 available
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2008 Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

Light label condition issue

WS  91   
WS  #68 of 2010   

2009 Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec

WA  92   
WS  91   
WS  #68 of 2010   

2003 Achaval-Ferrer Quimera

Light label condition issue

WS  92   

2014 Cheval des Andes

WA  97   
JS  95   
ST  93   
WS  92   
WE  92   
JR  16.5   
10 available
Bid *

2014 Cheval des Andes

Light capsule condition issue; light label condition issue

WA  97   
JS  95   
ST  93   
WS  92   
WE  92   
JR  16.5   

2014 Terrazas de Los Andes Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec

JS  94   
WA  91   
8 available
Bid *

2015 Clos de Los Siete

JS  93   
WS  91   
WA  90   
4 available
Bid *

2013 Bodega Norton Privada

Light label condition issue

7 available
Bid *

2015 Bodega Norton Privada

Light label condition issue

2 available
Bid *

2015 Bodega Norton Privada

2006 Bodega Vistalba Malbec Tomero Gran Reserva

Light label condition issue

WS  91   
WE  91   
JR  17+    

2012 Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec

WS  90   
JR  16.5   

2012 Altos Las Hormigas Appellation Paraje Altamira Malbec

WS  90   
JR  16.5