Ruca Malen Malbec Reserva

Ruca Malen

VARIETAL

100% Malbec

APPELLATION

Mendoza, Argentina

 

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.

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2014

JamesSuckling.com - 90 pts

Aromas of black pepper and spice with ripe fruit. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a savory nutty finish. Drink now.

June 2016

2013

JamesSuckling.com - 91 pts

A malbec with balance and drinkability that gives the wine a freshness and energy. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a light meat, berry and earth aftertaste. Drink now.

J. Suckling, June 2015

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

Ripe and showing very fresh aromas, the plum and black cherry fruit nose is accented by something almost citric, like blood oranges plus spices and the classic Malbec notes of violets with a lactic note coating it all. This is all about showing the grape variety, and I think the nose is quite true to the grape character. The palate has good concentration, though it’s soft and elegant with good acidity.

L. Gutierrez, August 2015

2012

Tasting Panel - 90 pts

Smooth, lush and juicy with spice, rich texture and bright spice; long and balanced.

A. Dias Blue, October 2015

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

Ripe and showing very fresh aromas, the plum and black cherry fruit nose is accented by something almost citric, like blood oranges plus spices and the classic Malbec notes of violets with a lactic note coating it all. This is all about showing the grape variety, and I think the nose is quite true to the grape character. The palate has good concentration, though it’s soft and elegant with good acidity.

L. Gutierrez, August 2015

2011

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.

S. Tanzer, April 2013

Wine Advocate - 87 pts

Clean and modern with aromas and flavors of cherries, sloes and slightly rustic tannins. Drink now through 2015.

L. Gutierrez, April 2014

Wine Enthusiast - 87 pts

Compact, gritty, stalky aromas…herbal [with] berry fruits. Oaky vanilla notes drink the finish.

M. Schachner, December 2014

Wine Spectator - 91 pts, Smart Buy

A big-shouldered red, with plenty of muscle behind the well-structured dark plum, blackberry and tobacco leaf flavors. Creamy midpalate, featuring a dense core of mushroom and savory herbal notes. Finishes with plenty of grip. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases imported.

K. Marcus, July 2014

2010

Wine Enthusiast

Cherry, dark berry and plum aromas are perfectly solid, with firm tannins and grip. The flavor profile consists of dark fruit, coffee and mint.

M. Schachner, August 2013

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.

N. Wesley, Web Only 2012

2008

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.

J. Miller, December 2011

2007

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.

J. Raynolds, January 2010

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.

J. Greene, February 2011

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.

J. Miller, August 2009

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.

M. Schachner, December 2010