Feb 2018 – The aromatics of the 2015 Antucura Pukara Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon encapsulate the complexity of a well-made Cabernet Sauvignon with notions of herbs, tobacco leaf, and cedar spice, underpinned by a combo of red and dark currant fruits on the nose. Medium fuller bodied this has tannins on the back end that are very finely tuned, almost velvety, with red and dark current flavors filling in the mid palate, nuanced with a savory herbal, tobacco spice note on the dry finish. This is just now starting to open up and should offer a lot of drinking pleasure over the next 4-5 years.
91 pts James Suckling
Currant and spices plus hints of stones. Medium to full body. Velvety tannins. Cedar and blueberry character with some cassis. Needs two or three years to come together.
90 pts Tanzer/Vinous
Medium-deep red. Black and redcurrant, tobacco leaf, herbs, licorice and a subtle spicy sweetness on the nose. Subtle, savory berry and tobacco leaf flavors are classically dry. A step up in depth and tannic structure from the Single Vineyard Malbec, showing more definition, grip and reserve. These three single-vineyard bottlings are from 20-year-old vines planted by Michel Rolland, using plant material from his nursery in Pomerol.
90 pts Wine Spectator
Molten chocolate notes wrap around ripe dark fruit and spice flavors. Creamy mid-palate, featuring a long finish that echoes with espresso and cocoa powder accents. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made. –KM