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The wines of Ricardo Santos, Mendoza, Argentina

Cuchillas de Lunlunta SA, Maza y Manuel A. Sáez Russell, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
E-mail: malbec@ricardosantos.com 

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, Mendoza, Argentina
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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