Ruca Malen Yauquén Malbec

Ruca Malen

VARIETAL

100% Malbec

APPELLATION

Uco Valley, Argentina

 

Ruca Malen Yauquén Malbec

A word from the native Mapuche language meaning “the ritual of sharing a drink with friends,” Yauquén wines are fresh selections, with minimal oak influence, intended to be enjoyed every day with good food in good company. Bursting with aromas of ripe black cherries, plums, and violets, followed by subtle notes of vanilla and caramel, this Malbec is jammy, packed with fresh red fruit flavors. A pleasant acidity is followed by a generous, round finish marked by a subtle hint of sweet oak and firm tannins from aging 6 months in 20% French oak barrels and 80% stainless steel tanks, following vinification in stainless steel.

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2014

Wine & Spirits - 89 pts Best Buy

Bursting with aromas of ripe black cherry, plum, and violets, followed by subtle notes of vanilla and caramel, this distinctive Malbec has a pleasant acidity followed by a generous, round finish marked by a subtle hint of sweet oak and form tannis

P. Tapia, February 2017

2013

JamesSuckling.com - 91 pts

A balanced and pretty malbec with sliced plum and berry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fresh finish. Drink now.

J. Suckling, June 2015

Tasting Panel - 88 pts

Lush and rich with smooth texture and ripe plum and blackberry; deep and balanced, long and intense.

A. Dias Blue, October 2015

Wine Spectator - 88 pts

A balanced and fresh-tasting red, with crisp acidity behind the dark cherry and boysenberry flavors, accented by minerally notes. Spice hints and firm tannins show on the fruity finish. Drink now through 2018.

K. Marcus, July 2015

Wine Spectator - 88 pts, Best Buy

Textbook Malbec in its pure red-fruit ripeness and its caressing texture, this leaves a gentle hint of spice in its wake.

P. Tapia, June 2014

2010

Wine Advocate - 85 pts

The Ruca Malen reds begin with the 2010 Yauquen Malbec, which saw 20% of the wine aged in small oak for 6 months. It is a fruity, straightforward, uncomplicated effort with attractive flavors and good balance. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.

J. Miller, December 2011

2009

Wine Advocate - 89 pts

Light purple color; spice box and red fruit aromas; some elegance, smooth texture; drink now-3 years.

J. Miller, October 2010

Wine Enthusiast - 88 pts - Best Buy

Quintessential Best Buy stuff, with full aromas of meaty berry and leather. Concentrated and dark across the palate, with full-bodied black fruit, black olive and savory flavors. Offers all the color, weight and fruit that a $12 wine should.

M. Schachner, November 2010

Wine Spectator - 86 pts

Ripe and forward, offering a solid core of raspberry and melted fig flavors laced with red licorice and spice notes. Drink now.

J. Molesworth, July 2010

2008

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - 87 pts

Bright, dark red. Spicy aromas of red fruits, tobacco and herbs show a musky whiff of reduction but also good violet lift. Juicy and sweet, with decent intensity to the red fruit and fresh herbal fla vors. A tad green and dry-edged on the back end, but possesses nice fruit and energy.

J. Raynolds, January 2010

Wine Advocate - 85 pts

The unoaked 2008 Yauquen Malbec is a straightforward, fruity effort with black cherry aromas and flavors, no hard edges, and a medium-long finish. Drink it over the next 3 years.

J. Miller, August 2009