Ruca Malen Terroir Petit Verdot

Ruca Malen

VARIETAL

100% Petit Verdot

APPELLATION

Agrelo, Argentina

 

Ruca Malen Terroir Petit Verdot

Intense aromas of fresh plums and cherries are harmoniously balanced by subtle notes of rose and sweet spices and mild hints of caramel, vanilla, and mocha. A full-bodied wine with concentrated fruit flavors, a balanced acidity, and a velvety texture. Sweet tannins linger through the persistent, lengthy finish. Ruca Malen Petit Verdot is aged in 80% French and 20% American new and second-use oak barrels for 12 months.

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2013

Wine Enthusiast - 90 pts

“Dry spicy aromas accent woodsy berry scents. A tight focused palate jabs with acidity and poking tannins, while this tastes of lightly herbal cherry and berry fruit. Spicy flavors on a healthy finish help this along”

M. Schachner, July 2017

2012

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

The nose is harmonious and shows some restraint, subtlety and elegance along with a certain complexity at such early age. The sweet spices are combined with aromas of violets that make it perfumed and attractive. The palate shows good balance, fine and sweet tannins plus some flavors from the oak. Very good example of Mendoza Malbec.

L. Gutierrez, August 2015

2011

Decanter - Bronze Medal, 2013 Wine Awards

Wine Advocate - 90 pts

The nose that screams umami, with notes of meat broth, truffles, mushrooms and ripe black fruit. It is tasty, full-bodied and long. I loved this wine because it is completely different, if impossible to identify as either Argentine or Petit Verdot. Very good value. Drink 2014-2017.

L. Gutierrez, April 2014

Wine Spectator - 89 pts

This fresh red offers a strong component of dried green herbs, accented by flavors of red plum and cherry. The minerally finish is focused, with cocoa powder details. Drink now through 2019. 500 cases imported.

K. Marcus, May 2014

2010

Wine Advocate - 88 pts

The 2010 Ruca Malen Petit Verdot is from Agrelo in Lujan de Cuyo from vines planted in 2000 with malolactic in stainless steel and then aged for twelve months in 80% French and 20% American oak. It has a light blueberry and dark plum bouquet that offers a touch of black olive. The palate is medium-bodied with a chewy entry, dense powdery tannins but fine precision on the sappy finish with touches of white pepper. This is a good effort towards a tricky grape variety. Drink 2013-2018.

J. Miller, December 2011

2009

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

My favorite in the lineup is the 2009 Petit Verdot Reserva (100%), which spent 12 months in French and American oak. Aromas of exotic spices, violets, incense, blackberry, and blueberry lead to a dense, ripe, spicy wine that is packed with flavor. It has enough structure to evolve for several years and will be at its best from 2013 to 2019. It is an outstanding value.

J. Miller, December 2011

2008

Wine Advocate - 90+ pts

Opaque purple color; blackberry, lavender, incense, plum, and licorice; dense and structured.

J. Miller, October 2010