wines of Ricardo
Santos, Mendoza, Argentina
Cuchillas de Lunlunta SA, Maza y Manuel A. Sáez Russell,
Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Just one wine reviewed from this producer, who specializes in
Malbec, Argentina’s ‘own’ grape variety, originally from Cahors
in southwest France. It’s from the La Madras vineyard (pictured
right, during winter 2003), which is at an altitude of 900 metres.
This site enjoys 300 days sun each year, and together with the long
ripening season the relatively cool climate necessitates, it’s ideal
for producing quality wines.
There’s no UK representation for this wine; Ricardo is
currently seeking an agent in this country.
Ricardo Santos Malbec La Madras Vineyard 2000 Maipú,
Deep coloured, this wine has an attractive nose of ripe red black
fruits with a savoury, spicy, slightly tarry edge. The palate is full
and dense, with some of that spicy, savoury Malbec character combining
with the rich black fruits and smooth tannins. Good acidity. A
satisfying style, ripe but not overly showy or manipulated, and very
nicely balanced. Very good+ 88/100
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