2016 Luca Beso de Dante (750ml)

Malbec from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

93WE
92WA
92V
92JS

Large-scale berry aromas are foresty and mossy, with a black pepper note providing spice. This Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon blend is dense and chewy, with bright acidity affording balance. Blackberry and cassis flavors are full and fresh, not baked and jammy. On the finish, this is at one moment savory and the next it's slightly raisiny. Drink through 2025.

93 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Sep 2018)

The 2016 Beso de Dante is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc sourced from vineyards in Vista Flores and Altamira in the Valle de Uco. It's floral and expressive, open and very nicely integrated, with a notable absence of herbal notes, just a bit of spiciness (think paprika). This is a compact blend with power and finesse, with very good balance. When I mentioned how integrated the wine felt, they confessed the grapes had been co-fermented. Go figure! The Cabernet was more evident after the wine had been in the glass for a good 15 minutes. 18,000 bottles were filled in November 2017.

92+ points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Jun 2018)

Bright medium ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, graphite and licorice, lifted by a violet topnote. Densely packed and sweet but a step up in energy and definition from the Old Vine Malbec owing to its floral lift and saline minerality. This pristine, lively wine conveys an almost Pinot-like sappiness and a low-yield mouthfeel. It should expand with another year or two of cellaring and evolve slowly and gracefully. A superb example of its vintage.

92 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jul 2018)

Fresh herbs, freshly-picked blackcurrants, spices, nutmeg and cedar. Firm and structured on the palate with pretty acidity, lots of blue and red fruit and a mineral-driven finish. Cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec. Drink in 2020.

92 points, James Suckling (Apr 2018)

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