From the portfolio of renowned Spanish wine importer Jorge Ordoñez, this Argentine Malbec received an impressive 90 point score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier's winery, which is located in Argentina's Uco Valley, features state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. The vineyards are located approximately 4000 ft. above sea level, where they benefit from a significant fluctuation between day and nighttime temperatures. The area's stony, sandy soils offer excellent drainage during the summer season, which allows the grapes to reach optimal maturity thanks to the ready availability of clean, fresh water from the nearby Andes Mountains. Grapes are hand harvested and carefully sorted before crushing. To enhance fruit flavors, fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats at relatively cool temperatures, followed by short-term aging in oak barrels.
"The 2012 Urban Uco Malbec spent three months in oak barrels. The bouquet is well-defined with blackberry, boysenberry, touches of dark chocolate and anise. The palate offers chunky black fruit on the entry. It is fresh, a little rough round the edges, but true to what an unadulterated Malbec should be. For this price: unbeatable. Drink now-2015." 90 points--Wine Advocate
From the stable of local importer (and CW stalwart) Fran Kysela, Maipe produces a bevy of well-made, full flavored red, white, and rosé wines. All offer terrific value, but the newly released Bonarda Old Vine Reserve, which received a bravura 91-point rating from wine critic Robert Parker, is special even by that standard. Bonarda, a traditional Italian grape variety, does exceptionally well in Argentina's warm, dry climate, where it offers aromas and flavors that are both riper and spicier than the better known Malbec. The Bonarda Reserve, made from 100% Bonarda grapes hand harvested from the estate's finest vineyards, is aged 12 months in French oak barrels before bottling.--Ben Giliberti
"... Its saturated purple color is accompanied by an exceptional bouquet of mulberry jam, spring flowers and loads of berry fruit. Although it was aged 12 months in French oak, there is no hint of oak, only super fruit, medium to full body, and a terrific mouthfeel as well as aromatics. This crowd-pleaser should drink nicely for another 2-3 years." --91 points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
From the stable of local importer (and CW stalwart) Fran Kysela, Maipe produces a bevy of well-made, full flavored red, white, and rosé wines. All offer terrific value, but the newly released 2012 Malbec Reserve, which received a bravura 91 point rating from wine critic Robert Parker, raises the bar higher still. Made from 100% Malbec grapes hand harvested from the estate's finest vineyards, the wine is aged 12 months in French oak barrels before bottling. It offers delectable, upfront fruit highlighted by notes of black berry, spice mineral and milk chocolate.