Jean-Claude Berrouet, former cellarmaster of Château Pétrus in Bordeaux, joined the Tapiz team in 2013, and worked with Fabian Valenzuela on this wine. It’s a selection from the estate’s San Pablo vineyard, which sits at 4,430 feet in elevation. Fermented in stainless steel and aged for a year in an array of barrels (new and old, French and American oak), the wine feels cool and sleek. Herbal notes trace the path of the acidity, brightening the red fruit; earthy notes underline the espresso-roast richness of the tannins, firm and velvety. The only quibble is the alcohol, a peppery note on the back of the throat, but that could be turned to an advantage with a rich beef stew.
92 points, Wine & Spirits (Oct 2020)
A Malbec from San Pablo in the Uco Valley that spent 10 months in first- and second-use French and American oak (85/15%). This wine is defined by its region: a bright, deep purple in the glass, offering aromas of raspberry, violet, blackberry, mint and mountain herbs over the discernible bed of wood. Fleshy with heightened freshness, the expression is somewhere between raw and back-to-basics, plus a little smoke at the back of the mouth.
91 points, Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous (Oct 2020)
The floral and perfumed 2018 Alta Collection Malbec is juicy and fresh, with very integrated oak, a soft mouthfeel with round Malbec tannins and a perfumed finish. 140,000 bottles produced.
90 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 245 - Oct 2019)