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Date Printed: 4/15/2014
Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005
Ricardo Santos Malbec 2005
(search item no. 88236)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 4/15/2014: $16.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ricardo Santos 2005 Malbec is from the single vineyard La Madras, near Mendoza, on the Eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. Grapes are harvested and selected by hand, gently pressed, and only the first pressed juice used. The wine is then aged in French and American oak for six months. The 2005 Malbec is striking deep brilliant purple color. The nose is ripe and full, reminiscent of dark cherries, plums, and chocolate with undertones of loam and earth. In the mouth, the wine displays a profound core of ripe, blackberry jam fruit, lengthening into a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness. What makes this Malbec so intriguing are the soft, fine tannins on the finish that make it velvety and drinkable--even as a young wine.
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About Ricardo Santos:

CUCHILLAS DE LUNLUNTA Sociedad Anónima is a family business owned by the Santos family, who have been related to wine making for more than forty years.

In 1995 they started producing wines exclusively with grapes from Las Madras, the winery located in the first region, in Russell, Maipú. Las Madras has an area of 12 hectares exclusively planted to Malbec, the only grape used to produce "El Malbec de Ricardo Santos."

Since making a high-quality, hand-crafted wine is a very complex and delicate task, Cuchillas de Lunlunta devotes all their efforts to the produc-tion of only one wine: "El Malbec de Ricardo Santos."