Ruca Malen Malbec Reserva
On the nose, Ruca Malen Malbec Reserve shows red and black fruit reminiscent of cherries and plums and violet aromas. It is a complex, elegant wine, layered with concentrated, juicy flavors and sweet, velvety tannins. An edge of acidity keeps it fresh through the long finish. One year of aging takes place in 80% French and 20% American oak barrels of first and second use.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 87 pts
Red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, spices, vanilla and menthol are enlivened by notes of herbs and pepper. Juicy, moderately dense and sweet, with a light touch to its straightforward flavors of medicinal dark fruits, licorice and menthol.
Cherry, dark berry and plum aromas are perfectly solid, with firm tannins and grip. The flavor profile consists of dark fruit, coffee and mint.
Wine Spectator - 87 pts
Dark spice and game notes mark this rich red, which expands with hints of kirsch, cassis and plum compote in the slightly grippy finish. Drink now.
Wine Advocate - 87 pts
The 2008 Malbec Reserva spent 10-12 months in seasoned French and American oak. It displays notions of spice box, lavender, and black cherry, setting the stage for a moderately concentrated, savory, forward Malbec that is meant to be drunk over the next 5-6 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 88 pts
Bright red-ruby. Blackberry, bitter chocolate, pepper and spices on the nose. Pliant, sweet and light on its feet, with a round, tactile mouth feel to the flavors of berries, spices and herbs. Plusher than the Yauquen, and broader and sweeter on the finish, avoiding the greenness of the 2008 Yauquen bottling.
Wine & Spirits - 89 pts
Light and pleasingly ripe in its flavors, this wine has fruit that’s a touch candied as it glides along the palate. Ready to drink with aged Manchego.
Wine Advocate - 87 pts
The purple-colored 2007 Malbec has a perfume of smoke, violets, black cherry, and plum. Supple and smooth-textured, it has attractive flavors but could use more depth and concentration. Drink it over the next 4-5 years.
Wine Enthusiast - 89 pts
Meaty, dense and rich aromas, with driving scents of prune, licorice, blackberry and cola. The palate is healthy and rich, and it jeeps in step with flavors of blackberry, dark plum and savory spice. Finishes lightly roasted and dark, with a saucy aftertaste that separates it from the masses. A lusty Malbec to drink now.