#82 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
Fausto Orellana de Escobar was chosen for the second time as one of the best Malbec producers of the year. He was born in Bolivia and has lived in Argentina for the last 30 years. He fell in love with Valle de Uco, and it is here where his estate is located, in La Consulta, at 990 meters above sea level. When we asked him what makes his vineyard different, he answered: "honestly, I think is its age" and he is not wrong, since it was planted 61 years ago, and when you look at the vines, it seems as if time had blessed them. This Malbec has a red-purple color and a strong mineral character, punctuated by graphite and ink notes. the nose is intense and perfumed with violets and black pepper. concentrated and juicy in the mouth, with tastes of bright fruit such as blackberries, currants and morello cherries. The finish is intense, long and lingering with ripe tannins.
"The 2007 Malbec Single Vineyard Vina Fausto Orellana de Escobar was sourced from a 61-year-old vineyard. It is broader, sweeter, and richer than its colleagues. Nicely structured, elegant, and lengthy, it will offer prime drinking from 2012 to 2022. "
The Wine Advocate
"Ripe and vivid, with delicious boysenberry, fig, pastis and raspberry ganache notes carried by a long, graphite-filled finish. Fruit-driven, but racy and long, with impressive precision to the ample fruit. Great mouthfeel. Drink now through 2012. "
"Medium-deep ruby. Ripe, complex nose melds currant, black raspberry, spicecake, chocolate, graphite and licorice. Dense and fine-grained, with lovely sweetness leavened by integrated acidity. Classic malbec flavors of dark berries and violet are complicated by notes of leather, minerals, iron and earth. Brisk acids contribute to an impression of energy and vinosity. Finishes with good breadth without excess weight, and an edge of acidity that calls for some aging. This has superb fruit. 91(+?) points "
International Wine Cellar