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Mendoza (Cuyo)

Mendoza on the western edge of Argentina is the nation’s largest and most important wine producing region. With about a billion acres under vine, the region of Mendoza alone has nearly half as many vineyards acres as all of the United States. Located on the edge of the Andes, vineyards here are high, usually 2,000 to 3,600 feet above sea level, yet they enjoy a relatively temperate climate and four distinct seasons. The soil is sandy and alluvial with clay underneath and moderate rainfall encourages growth. Historically Argentina, and Mendoza, grew pink skin grapes for slightly sweet pink or white wines. Those grapes are still grown for bulk jug wine. Since the late 1980s, however, Malbec has been Mendoza’s most important grape, since it makes a rich, dark, robust, age-worth red. The second most important red grape is Bonarda, which is thought to be the same grape that California growers know as Charbono. Italian and Spanish red grapes including Sangiovese, Barbera and Tempranillo were brought by immigrants, and they are grown today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Torrontés and numerous other red and white grapes are also grown successfully.

2001 Bodega Catena Zapata Angélica Zapata Merlot Alta

2007 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

Light label condition issue

WA  98   
WS  92   

2008 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

Heavily elevated cork; light label condition issue

WA  98   
ST  92+    

2016 Bodega Catena Zapata Nicolas Catena Zapata Red

WA  96   
JS  95   
JR  17.5+    

2007 Viña Cobos El Felino Malbec

WA  91   
JR  15.5   

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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2010 Viña Cobos Volturno

Light label condition issue

WS  93   
WA  92   

2013 Viña Cobos Volturno

VN  93   
WS  90   
3 available
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2009 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

WA  99   
ST  94+    
WS  92   

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   

2012 Cheval des Andes

JS  97   
WA  94   

2012 Cheval des Andes

Light label condition issue

JS  97   
WA  94   

2006 Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah

WA  93   
WS  91   
3 available
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2014 Terrazas de Los Andes Single Vineyard Las Compuertas Malbec

JS  94   
WA  91   

2015 Clos de Los Siete

JS  93   
WS  91   
WA  90   
12 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

2014 Pulenta Estate Gran Cabernet Franc XI

ST  91   
3 available
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2017 Pulenta Estate Gran Cabernet Franc XI

JS  95   
VN  93