Blackberry, cassis and minerally aromas fill out the nose on this blend of Malbec and Cabernet. Clamping tannins are a touch hard, while this tastes of oak spice, wild berry fruits and herbs. An oak-rich finish comes with mildly astringent tannins. Decant if drinking now. Best through 2027.
93 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (Jul 2020)
The 2017 Beso de Dante is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc from Vista Flores and Altamira in the Valle de Uco. The varieties are very nicely integrated, classical and polished with some Cabernet flavors and tannins. 18,000 bottles. It was bottled in November 2018.
92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)
Very dense blackcurrant, elderberry and roasted-artichoke nose pulls you into the powerful and structured palate that has ample tannic power. Long, nobly dry finish that makes you want a great steak right now. Try to wait at least until 2020. A blend of 55 per cent malbec and 45 per cent cabernet sauvignon.
92 points, James Suckling (Mar 2019)
Bright, dark ruby-red; not quite as dark as the Old Vine Malbec. More complex but reticent on the nose, offering aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, dark chocolate and herbs. Plush, fine-grained and surprisingly dry and classic; juicier and less thick and sweet than the Old Vine Malbec. This broad, laid-back blend displays an obvious Cabernet Sauvignon herbacity that gives it another dimension. Finishes with firm tannins and sneaky persistence. This rather clenched wine finishes a bit youthfully tough and will require at least a couple more years of cellaring, at which point it may well merit an even higher rating.
91+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Sep 2019)
A generous complement of cabernet sauvignon (45 percent) adds notes of green herbs and pencil lead to malbec’s plumminess. It’s dark and balanced in a rich style, with hints of licorice and sassafras adding earthy spice.
91 points, Wine & Spirits (Oct 2019)