sábado, 5 de fevereiro de 2011

Os 30 melhores tintos argentinos "custo x benefício" do mercado (Wine Spectator)

O conceito "Top Value" da revista Wine Spectator premia os vinhos que tem um custo de até US$25 e alcançam pontuações relevantes, caracterizando-se como uma ótima relação preço x qualidade, o nosso almejado "custo x benefício". Veja os mais recentes vinhos tintos argentinos agraciados com esta distinção e que estão disponíveis ou chegando ao nosso mercado: 
*Como base de cálculo, multipliquem o preço em dólar por 4 para ter uma noção aproximada do preço em reais no varejo brasileiro.

1. LUCA Syrah Uco Valley Laborde Double Select 2009
Score: 92 points Price: $25.00
A ripe, flamboyant style, with lots of creamy-textured toast, melted licorice, plum sauce and fig notes, backed by a dense core of black currant, boysenberry and Christmas pudding flavors. The finish is long and rich. Drink now through 2011. 2,000 cases imported. –JM
2. MAPEMA Malbec Mendoza 2009
Score: 91 points Price: $19.00
A superflashy style, boasting lots of melted licorice, fruitcake, fig paste and black currant preserve flavors, which all stay pure and focused on the creamy, lengthy finish. A hedonist's delight. Drink now. 2,800 cases imported. –JM
3. ACHÁVAL-FERRER Malbec Mendoza 2009
Score: 91 points Price: $25.00
A minerally spine drives this, with the core of damson plum, raspberry ganache and blackberry fruit staying sweet but racy and defined. Violet and graphite hints add length on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. –JM
4. PROVIVA Malbec Mendoza Maipe Reserve 2009
Score: 90 points Price: $16.00
A ripe, flashy style, delivering full-bodied layers of crushed plum and macerated raspberry and boysenberry fruit, framed by lots of anise, fruitcake and a lingering espresso note. This will surely have lots of fans. Drink now. 7,000 cases made. –JM
5. VIÑA DOÑA PAULA Malbec Mendoza 2009
Score: 90 points Price: $17.00
Ripe and flashy, but pulls it off, with gorgeous mouthfeel and loads of lush raspberry ganache, boysenberry and plum sauce notes, all kept going by a graphite streak on the lengthy finish. Drink now. 51,000 cases imported. –JM
6. CRUZ Malbec Luján de Cuyo Andina 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $20.00
Dark and ripe, with lots of briar and anise framing the blackberry and macerated black currant fruit. Anise takes over on the rich, toasty finish. Well-built. Drink now through 2011. 2,000 cases made. –JM
7. BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $22.00
Rich and polished, boasting lots of pure cassis, blackberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along, carried by alluring spice, integrated toast and a nice, lingering anise note. Drink now through 2011. 185,000 cases made. –JM
8. BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA A Lisa Río Negro Valley 2009
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
Dark and ripe, but fresh and racy, with a streak of damson plum moving through the blackberry and boysenberry fruit, backed by lingering sweet spice, tobacco and graphite notes on the finish. Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2012. 3,330 cases made. –JM
9. KAIKEN Malbec Mendoza Ultra 2008
Score: 90 points Price: $24.00
Dark and juicy, delivering anise, plum skin and dark crushed currant fruit that's carried by nicely integrated grip. Hints of tar and charcoal check in on the finish. Drink now through 2011. 2,500 cases imported. –JM
10. ALTA VISTA Malbec Mendoza Terroir Selection 2007
Score: 90 points Price: $25.00
Nicely polished, displaying a solid core of blackberry, fig and boysenberry fruit that stays fresh and focused, backed by licorice snap and espresso notes on the full-bodied finish. Drink now through 2011. 7,000 cases made. –JM
11. BODEGAS ESCORIHUELA Malbec Mendoza Don Miguel Gascón 2009
Score: 89 points Price: $14.00
A juicy, rounded style, displaying a core of plum and currant fruit carried by lots of sweet spice, with a lingering ganache hint. Nicely focused. Drink now. 210,000 cases imported. –JM
12. KAIKEN Malbec Mendoza 2009
Score: 89 points Price: $14.00
Very fresh and pure, with lovely violet, shaved vanilla and dark raspberry notes gliding over fine-grained tannins. The long, suave finish has a nice pastis hint. Drink now. 17,000 cases imported. –JM
13. ALTOCEDRO Malbec La Consulta Año Cero 2009
Score: 89 points Price: $15.00
Ripe and racy, with invigorating acidity driving the delicious raspberry, boysenberry and licorice notes. The long finish lets graphite and incense notes chime in. Drink now through 2011. 4,500 cases made. –JM
14. TRIVENTO Amado Sur Mendoza 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $15.00
Ripe and juicy, displaying vivid raspberry and boysenberry fruit that courses along, carried by graphite and licorice notes. No raisined edge of the vintage, either. Very solid. Drink now. 13,000 cases made. –JM
15. ARGENTO Malbec Mendoza Reserva 2009
Score: 89 points Price: $16.00
This rock-solid red features delicious fig, plum sauce and dark blackberry fruit all caressed by hints of licorice, Christmas pudding and violet, with a long, ripe finish. Drink now. 80,000 cases made. –JM
16. BODEGA NORTON Malbec Mendoza Privada 2007
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
A ripe, flashy, hedonist style, with lots of mocha, crushed fig and raisin fruit followed by lush licorice and fruitcake notes on the broad, velvety finish. Very polished in feel. Drink now. 500 cases imported. –JM
17. BODEGA SEPTIMA Gran Reserva Mendoza 2008
Score: 89 points Price: $25.00
A ripe, opulent style, with ambitious toasty plum, boysenberry and currant paste flavors backed by additional fig, port reduction and spice notes. The long finish lets a mocha edge chime in, with the toast leaving a slightly firm feel, so this is just shy of outstanding. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat. Drink now. 11,500 cases made. –JM
18. BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS O. FOURNIER Malbec Uco Valley Urban 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $11.00
This is ripe and friendly, with a mix of raspberry, boysenberry and blueberry compote notes that mingle through the licorice-tinged finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –JM
19. LOS DOMADOS Malbec Mendoza Rosillo 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $12.00
Ripe, with full-bodied plum, fig sauce and dark cocoa notes that stay pure enough through the fleshy finish, where enticing spice notes chime in. Drink now. 3,500 cases made. –JM
20. ALTOCEDRO Tempranillo La Consulta Año Cero 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
Racy and pure, displaying vibrant cherry and currant fruit laced with incense and roasted vanilla bean. The long, fresh finish has a nicely firm hint of cherry pit. Drink now. 620 cases made. –JM
21. FAMILIA ZUCCARDI Malbec Mendoza Serie A 2009
Score: 88 points Price: $15.00
Ripe and fleshy, delivering layered blackberry, plum sauce and fig notes held together by graphite and anise notes, which push through on the finish. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. –JM
22. BODEGA COLOMÉ Amalaya Calchaquí Valley 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $17.00
Ripe and bouncy, offering a fresh, almost tangy, mix of currant, fig, raisin and cherry laced with hints of mesquite and fruitcake. Stays fresh on the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat. Drink now. 4,200 cases imported. –JM
23. MASI TUPUNGATO Malbec-Corvina Tupungato Passo Doble 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $17.00
A grippy, briary style, offering blackberry and black currant fruit laced with hints of anise, date and fruitcake. The brambly finish helps keep this fresh enough, despite the slightly chunky profile. Drink now through 2011. 8,000 cases imported. –JM
24. ALTA VISTA Malbec Mendoza Premium 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $18.00
A dark, toasty style, featuring mocha and cocoa notes that lead the way for dark fig, roasted plum and blackberry preserve flavors. Broad and toasty on the finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now. 12,000 cases made. –JM
25. BODEGA RENACER Malbec Mendoza Punto Final Reserva 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $20.00
Ripe and racy, featuring layers of boysenberry, plum skin and floral raspberry flavors accented by espresso and cocoa nibs. The minerally finish is lively, with modest grip. Drink now through 2012. 20,884 cases made. –NW
26. BODEGA VISTALBA Petit Verdot Mendoza Tomero Reserva 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $23.00
Rich and dense, with ample toast and bittersweet cocoa leading the way for a muscular core of dark currant, fig and blackberry fruit. The finish is filled with smoke and toast, but this has the flesh for balance. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. –JM
27. ALTA VISTA Atemporal Mendoza 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $25.00
Dark and briary, featuring cocoa, fig paste and dark plum sauce notes. Plum skin and toast hang on through the muscular finish. Shows more power than freshness, but has good range. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –JM
28. BODEGA GOULART Malbec Mendoza The Marshall 2008
Score: 88 points Price: $25.00
Quite ripe, but stays fresh enough, featuring nearly jammy plum, blueberry and blackberry fruit that stays plush and friendly through the rounded finish. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. –JM
29. NAVARRO CORREAS Malbec Mendoza Alegoría Gran Reserva 2007
Score: 88 points Price: $25.00
Plush yet racy, offering layers of raspberry and boysenberry mingling with notes of licorice snap and maduro tobacco. Fine tannins frame the tangy finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 4,000 cases imported. –NW
30. TILIA Malbec-Syrah Mendoza 2009
Score: 87 points Price: $10.00
A friendly, fruit-forward style, displaying dark plum and boysenberry fruit backed by lots of dark, melted licorice on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –JM
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