Mendel Malbec 2020 / 750 ml.

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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
A perfumed red with notes of fresh wild berries, just-picked violets, sweet spices and cocoa-dusted walnuts. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of plush, polished tannins and a lingering, silky mouth-feel. Velvety and seamless with delicious blue-fruit and blue-flower character. Drink or hold.
VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2023
The 2020 Malbec is a blend of grapes from Drummond and Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. The vines date back to 1926. Aged for 12 months in one-third new barrels. Purple in the glass. The nose offers intense aromas of violet, fresh plum, gentle woody notes and hints of spice. Plush, broad and agile with refined, polished tannins. The texture is a combination of silk and velvet. Well-made, given the year. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The estate 2020 Malbec was produced with grapes from their property in Mayor Drummond (Finca Mendel) that was planted in 1928. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, one-third each new, second and third use, for 12 months. It has 14.5% alcohol and a soft and round palate with integrated acidity. De la Mota thinks this 2020 is very representative of the zone of Luján even if they harvest it a little earlier, and it has a little more fresh fruit, using the oak to keep that character, a balance between ripe and fresh fruit that is very interesting. It is juicy and primary with very fine tannins. A wine that overdelivers for the price. 88,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2021. (Luis Gutiérrez)
WE9090 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 4/1/2023
The grapes for this red are sourced from a vineyard planted in 1928 in Luján de Cuyo. It exhibits a dense and fruit-forward bouquet. The palate offers ripe plum, blueberry and rosemary, all intertwined. Moderate acidity and supple tannins provide support. It finishes with subtle coffee notes. (Jesica Vargas)

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JS93 93 pts. / JamesSuckling.com (Tuesday, May 3, 2022)

A perfumed red with notes of fresh wild berries, just-picked violets, sweet spices and cocoa-dusted walnuts. Medium-to full-bodied with layers of plush, polished tannins and a lingering, silky mouth-feel. Velvety and seamless with delicious blue-fruit and blue-flower character. Drink or hold.

VN93 93 pts. / Vinous (Jan 2023)

The 2020 Malbec is a blend of grapes from Drummond and Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. The vines date back to 1926. Aged for 12 months in one-third new barrels. Purple in the glass. The nose offers intense aromas of violet, fresh plum, gentle woody notes and hints of spice. Plush, broad and agile with refined, polished tannins. The texture is a combination of silk and velvet. Well-made, given the year. (Joaquín Hidalgo)

RP92 92 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (30th Nov 2022)

The estate 2020 Malbec was produced with grapes from their property in Mayor Drummond (Finca Mendel) that was planted in 1928. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, one-third each new, second and third use, for 12 months. It has 14.5% alcohol and a soft and round palate with integrated acidity. De la Mota thinks this 2020 is very representative of the zone of Luján even if they harvest it a little earlier, and it has a little more fresh fruit, using the oak to keep that character, a balance between ripe and fresh fruit that is very interesting. It is juicy and primary with very fine tannins. A wine that overdelivers for the price. 88,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2021. (Luis Gutiérrez)

WE90 90 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (4/1/2023)

The grapes for this red are sourced from a vineyard planted in 1928 in Luján de Cuyo. It exhibits a dense and fruit-forward bouquet. The palate offers ripe plum, blueberry and rosemary, all intertwined. Moderate acidity and supple tannins provide support. It finishes with subtle coffee notes. (Jesica Vargas)

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Region / Mendoza

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Mendoza is Argentina's largest wine region, and produces a majority of the Argentine wines on the market. Much of the region lies in the foothills of the Andes mountains, and as result Mendoza vineyards are typically located at higher altitudes than most. Mendoza is the epicenter of the Malbec craze that has taken the wine world by storm in recent years, but also produces great examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and other grapes.

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Argentina took the wine world spotlight in the late 20th century with its plush, smooth Malbec. While the popular red grape still reigns supreme, Argentine wineries are increasingly putting forth excellent examples of multiple varietals, all at the extraordinary bargains that make this region so accessible.

Now the fifth largest wine-producing nation in the world, Argentina enjoys high-altitude and low-humidity vineyard sites, comparatively unencumbered by insects and disease. Argentina’s unique terroir has captured the interest of such internationally celebrated winemakers as Paul Hobbs and Michel Rolland, both of whom have projects in the country.

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SKU 25912
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Mendel Malbec
Country Argentina
Region Mendoza
Product Location - Location-Appellation Mendoza
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 14.5%
Brand Mendel
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2020
Can it be Shipped Yes
Rating 93.00 pts
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 100% Malbec
Primary Grape Malbec
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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JS8989 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Aromas of candied cherries, plums, sandalwood, vanilla and cinnamon. Medium body with fine tannins. More rich blue-fruit character on the palate. Drink now.
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Zuccardi Concreto Malbec 2020 / 750 ml.

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 54531

JS9595 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 8, 2021
Lots of purple fruit with blackberry and blueberry aromas, as well as cement and stone. Floral undertones, such as poppies. Medium to full body with firm tannins and a savory finish. Hints of dried, clove-like spice. No wood here. Drink now or hold.
RP94+94+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
The 2020 Concreto Malbec also impressed me, because it comes from the warmest and most challenging vintage of recent years, yet the wine keeps its poise and depth. This is a selection from shallow, stony and calcareous soils from Altamira, so the vines are quite sensitive to heat. If you encounter it on its own, it will feel fresh and superb; the problem is tasting it next to the 2021, which is what I did, because there is an extra degree of freshness, precision and clarity in the 2021, one of the finest vintages for this wine so far. This fermented with full clusters that were foot trodden to prevent carbonic maceration and had a short maceration to get a fine-boned and elegant wine, with an even shorter maceration in warmer years. This is a wine that always transcends the price point. 43,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2021. (Luis Gutiérrez)
VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2021
The 2020 Malbec Concreto from Paraje Altamira, Uco Valley was fermented in whole bunches and aged in concrete. A bright, rich purple in the glass. The initially reductive nose delivers pure fruit flavors of ripe plum and blackberry before opening out into sweet and sour cherry with hints of herbs. Makes a broad entrance before the mild flow and juicy freshness, while the variety’s sweet tannins join forces with the gentle chalk to produce a pleasant, compact feel. The warm year accounts for a good measure of the structure and volume, resulting in a long-lasting, juicy and flavorful wine. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
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Argentina | Mendoza | Uco Valley

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VN9393 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2020 Malbec Chakana Estate Selection (from Paraje Altamira & Gualtallary, Uco Valley) was a third aged in used barrels and a third in foudres. A mild purple hue. The nose presents gentle notes of fresh plum, violets and hints of thyme over a pleasant bed of oak. Indulgent with slightly reactive tannins, the flow is juicy and fairly compact. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Nov 2022
2020 was a warm and dry year with ripe grapes, but they managed to keep the 2020 Estate Selection Malbec quite balanced and fresh. It has a fruit-driven profile with clean fruit and some fine tannins. This matured in neutral and larger oak containers for 12 months. 50,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022. (Luis Gutiérrez)
SP8989 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2022
Pulls together a nice mix of bramble berry, pomegranate molasses and spice, with subtle tobacco and loam notes underneath and hints of chocolate on the finish. Drink now. 14,450 cases made, 5,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)
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Argentina | Mendoza | Uco Valley

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JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Red plums with some crushed-stone and tile undertones. Some graphite and fresh flowers, too. Full-bodied with juicy tannins and a fruity, firm and juicy palate overall. Plenty of malbec character, but tensioned and not heavy. Solid structure. Sustainable. Drink now.
VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Nov 2022
The 2020 Malbec Reserva from Mendoza is partially aged in used barrels. A vivid purple in hue. The nose displays sour cherry, ripe plum and hints of sweetbrier. It’s indulgent and juicy in the mouth with reactive tannins that corset the flow before oaky flavors develop at the end. A well-made, refreshing wine in spite of the warm year. (Joaquín Hidalgo)
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2022
A plump red, with juicy berry and plum flavors and subtle herb and slate notes, which fold in around suave tannins on the finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases made, 27,000 cases imported. (Aaron Romano)
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JS9494 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, May 1, 2022
Notes of ripe blackcurrants, blackberries, vanilla, walnuts and dark chocolate. Medium-to full-bodied with robust, polished tannins and bright acidity. Dense and creamy texture, together with bright, delicious fruit, ending with a spicy edge and notes of crushed stones. Try now, but better after 2023. (James Suckling)
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