What a fabulous nose of blueberry cake, violets, pure licorice, tobacco, spices, vanilla, cloves, cedar, bark, roasted herbs and hot stones. Full body and extremely intense blackberry fruit, but there's also a really firm, grainy tannin backbone and racy acidity. A very long, mineral-driven and chewy finish. A great follow-up to the 2014. Drink in 2022.
96 points, James Suckling (Dec 2018)
The 2015 Riccitelli & Father is the second year of the collaboration between Matías Riccitelli and his father (a long-time enologist at Norton). The wine is a blend of 80% Malbec from Las Compuertas and 20% Cabernet Franc from Chacayes. They used some whole clusters for the fermentation in French oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and the élevage was in 2,000-liter French oak foudres and lasted 16 months. This is the second year the foudre was used, and the wine feels a lot more integrated. There is more freshness and definition here, still very classical, young and designed for the long haul in bottle. This is the same blend and the same vineyards as the previous year (and upcoming years). The idea is that this is a blend of Malbec with the added dimension of Cabernet Franc matured in large-size oak, not barriques. I'm really looking forward to tasting the following vintages of this... 5,000 bottles were filled in December 2016.
95 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Jun 2018)