The 2016 Patriota is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Bonarda from La Consulta in the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in used oak barrels (60% French, 40% American) for 11 months. It's juicy, with density and a little less oak than in the past. But the tannins are still noticeable, which adds to the rusticity of the Bonarda. In this peculiar vintage, the Bonarda was put in stainless steel, aiming at the texture it provides. 72,000 bottles produced. There were two bottlings, one in December 2017 and one in May 2018.
90 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 237 - Wine Advocate)
Bright medium ruby. A touch of reduction to the aromas of blackberry, licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and minerals. Juicy and penetrating in a 2016 way but more fruity and spicy than green. And sweeter than the Natural Malbec-Syrah without any loss of precision or energy. Offers good density without heaviness and finishes with positive tannic grip. This is very successful for the vintage, conveying the energy of the year without notes of rot or pronounced greenness.
90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Sep 2019)