Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2010
These are purple colored wines that are alcoholic, capable of aging very well, possessing a hint of sweetness and spices. Given time, they open up to complexity and depth of aromas. A combination of fresh fruit, sugar and subtlety, and even some touch of stone and minerals can be found. Moka, fig, honey and sour cherries. The taste is precise and forceful, filling the mouth with elegance.
91 pts Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (JM)
The 2010 Malbec (100%) spent 12 months in a 50-50 mix of new and used French oak. Scents of smoke, earthy minerals, lavender, leather, and wild black fruits point to a sweetly-fruited, savory, nicely proportioned, lengthy wine that in the glass reveals enough structure to evolve for another 1-2 years. It has a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2021.
90 pts Wine Enthusiast
Bold aromas of tire rubber, black cherry, blackberry and stewed plum are integrated and attractive. A full, lively, rich palate offers briny black-plum and blackberry flavors in front of a creamy, salty, exuberant finish. Drink through 2018.
89 pts Stephen Tanzer’s The International Wine Cellar (ST)
Bright ruby-red. Very ripe blackcurrant aroma is carrying a full load of chocolatey oak. Lush, oaky and sweet, showing an almost port-like ripeness and a faint herbal quality. Very concentrated but a bit aggressive. This reminded me of a tawny port on the finish.