Antucura Malbec 2012
Intense and brilliant color, with violet reflections. The nose is perceived typicality of Malbec:: ripe red fruit and floral aromas. The palate entry denotes a full, soft and lush with sweet tannins and very present, has a final round with notes of cherries, sour cherries and blackberries
95 pts Decanter Magazine Panel Tasting
A wonderful velvet texture with great purity. Dense bramble fruit with hints of violets. Good length and lovely juiciness, and with a firm, fine tannic structure. (JA)
Very expressive with lovely floral notes of roses, plus black pepper. Lovely mouthfeel and purity. The purest of Malbec expression. (PC)
Nice, pure expression of Malbec. Clean fruit, violets and strawberries. A great wine to understand Malbec in general and Vista Flores Malbec in particular. Pure and drinkable. (PT)
91 pts Argovino January 2014
Purple is known across Europe as a royal color, and the exceptionally deep purple color of this wine – matching its label – portends a royal experience indeed. It’s soft and luxurious like velvet at first, with a faintly bitter kick and a rush of tannin coming later. There’s plenty of dark berry flavor, along with cinnamon bark and dried herbs, especially sage and bay leaf. The tannins will probably relax with age; in the meantime, every sip still washes over the tongue like a warm tide.
89 pts Stephen Tanzer’s IWC
Bright ruby-red. Inviting, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, blueberry and violet, with a touch of musky reduction. Supple and intense on the palate, with very good density to the crushed blueberry fruit. A saline note adds interest on the back end, which features substantial sweet, dusty tannins and very good length and grip.
Harvest: Manual, in 18 Kg plastic bins. Production: Double selection of clusters and grape: fermentation to 24-26 degrees centigrade in stainless steel tanks of 100-150 hl.; extended maceration during 30-45 days: natural malolactic fermentation. Aging: Three months in French oak barrels for second use. Then six months in bottle under light, humidity and temperature.