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Single Vineyard Malbec San Pablo Estate

2015 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

Winemaker José Galante pulls this wine from one of Salentein's highest plots in the Uco Valley, then ferments and ages it in new French oak barriques. That oak adds chocolate richness to the wine's plummy fruit while acidity from the high-altitude grapes keeps the wine from feeling heavy. It's polished and elegant, with a core of red fruit that outlasts the wood.

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Wine & Spirits October 2019
Single Vineyard Malbec San Pablo Estate

Primum Malbec

2014 Argentina Mendoza
94 Points

A selection of the top fruit from Salentein's 5,000-acre estate in the heights of the Uco Valley, this radiates freshness, although not in the usual crunchy-red-fruit way. Instead, it has the petrichor scent of summer air after a refreshing rain, hinting at salinity and florals. With three-quarters of the wine aged in 7,000-liter oak casks, the rest in new barriques, the tannins have turned pillowy and broad; they wrap around the fruit with a nutty, tobacco-scented richness. Savory and subdued, it's an elegant malbec that holds its freshness for days after opening.

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Wine & Spirits October 2019
Primum Malbec

Reserve Malbec

2017 Argentina Mendoza
94 Points

This may be a fraction of the price of Salentein's Primum Malbec (also recommended here), but it's just as good, in a completely different style. There's no spicy oak or tobacco-scented tannins boosting the fruit here; instead, it's just pure, fresh, floral malbec, purple and bright. Herbal notes add a cool spice, giving it a vibrant Andean feel.

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Wine & Spirits October 2019
Reserve Malbec

Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa Estate

2015 Argentina Mendoza
93 Points

Blackberry, cassis and plum aromas are muscled up and chocolaty. A flush palate with depth is balanced, while this tastes of blackberry and cassis. A hint of raisin works its way onto the finish, which is ripe and seemingly not fortified by tartaric acidity, hence this loses some steam towards the end. Drink through 2022. -MS.

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Wine Enthusiast October 2019
Single Vineyard Malbec La Pampa Estate

Special Reserve

2016 Israel Upper Galilee
91 Points

Well-crafted, with a smoky undertone detailing the currant and blackberry flavors, matched to cedar, herb and black tea accents. Full, integrated tannins offer support through the olive and bay leaf elements on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Marselan. Drink now through 2024. 825 cases made, 50 cases imported. - G.S.

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Wine Spectator Web Only - 2019
Special Reserve

Hand Made

2016 Australia Langhorne Creek, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, South Eastern Australia
92 Points

This powerful wine offers a heady mix of strawberry, raspberry and plum aromas alongside accents of soy, olive, ground pepper and dried flowers. The palate is finely textured, with chalky, savory tannins and lifted acidity that support the tangy fruit. Drink now–2029. -C.P.

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Wine Enthusiast October 2019
Hand Made