Vina Alicia Las Compuertas Malbec 2012

Tasting Notes

These are purple colored wines that are alcoholic, capable of aging very well, possessing a hint of sweetness and spices. Given time, they open up to complexity and depth of aromas. A combination of fresh fruit, sugar and subtlety, and even some touch of stone and minerals can be found. Mocha, fig, honey and sour cherries. The taste is precise and forceful, filling the mouth with elegance.

Winery: Viña Alicia
Varietal: Malbec
SKU: 13292 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml

$29.99

Awards/Reviews

91 pts James Suckling
This shows finesse with blueberry, mineral and blackberry character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a tangy citrus finish. A balanced and drink-me-know malbec.

90 pts Stephen Tanzer’s IWC (ST):
Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cassis, licorice, spices and nutty oak. Ripe, lush and glyceral, offering a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity. Concentrated dark berry, mocha, fig and bitter chocolate flavors show good medicinal reserve on the back end but this wine is balanced and accessible from the outset. Finishes with ripe, firm, building tannins, a touch of minerality and excellent carry-through. — Stephen Tanzer

90 pts Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate (LG)
There is quite a jump in quality form the Paso de Piedra to the 2012 Las Compuertas Malbec, which is an old-vine selection from the same vineyards in Las Compuertas. It fermented in stainless steel and aged for 12 months in used barrels. The nose is clean and quite aromatic with sweet fruit, notes of pollen and beeswax with some sweet spices. The quite balanced palate is soft, with textbook glossy tannins that make it go down your throat like silk.
This shows finesse with blueberry, mineral and blackberry character. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a tangy citrus finish. A balanced and drink-me-know malbec.

90 pts Stephen Tanzer’s IWC (ST):
Bright ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cassis, licorice, spices and nutty oak. Ripe, lush and glyceral, offering a lovely balance of sweetness and acidity. Concentrated dark berry, mocha, fig and bitter chocolate flavors show good medicinal reserve on the back end but this wine is balanced and accessible from the outset. Finishes with ripe, firm, building tannins, a touch of minerality and excellent carry-through. — Stephen Tanzer

90 pts Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate (LG)
There is quite a jump in quality form the Paso de Piedra to the 2012 Las Compuertas Malbec, which is an old-vine selection from the same vineyards in Las Compuertas. It fermented in stainless steel and aged for 12 months in used barrels. The nose is clean and quite aromatic with sweet fruit, notes of pollen and beeswax with some sweet spices. The quite

Winemaker Notes

The Arizu family have been grape growers and viticultural pioneers in Argentina for 5 generations. Think of them as the ‘Mondavis of Mendoza.’ They own the oldest producing Malbec vineyard in Mendoza –planted over 150 years ago – the Las Compuertas vineyard. About 15 years ago, random plants in this vineyard underwent a spontaneous transformation and came out of the dormant season as a new species of DNA seen nowhere else on earth. DNA analysis confirmed the uniqueness of the rogue, mutant vines which other than being different, were perfectly healthy. Each year since then, more random vines throughout the vineyard have made the transformation – just less than 1% of the total vineyard has transformed. The remaining 99% of the Las Compuertas vineyard is managed and harvested in 2 main sections. One part for this wine – the Las Compuertas Malbec and the other for their entry level, Paso de Piedra Malbec. The rogue vines are kept separate and used to create roughly 150cs of a wine called Brote Negro – The Black Shoots. The vast majority of the production is Paso de Piedra, while roughly 1200 cases of this particular wine are made. Drinking these wines is partaking in a tiny piece of wine history.

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