Argentina

Following is a list of 125 wines from Argentina which we have tasted and rated.

Type

Name

Producer

Province

Vintage

Rating (1)

Price (2)

Barbera

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2000

88

7.00

Bonarda

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1998

88

10.00

Bonarda

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

2000

88

10.00

Bonarda

Crotta

Bodegas y Vinedos Crotta S.A.

Mendoza

1999

87

6.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos

Nicolas Catena, Catena Zapata

Mendoza

2000

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos

Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

2001

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1997

86

8.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1998

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1999

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

2000

87

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Bianchi

Elsa's Vineyard

Mendoza

1987

50

5.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Catena

Agrelo Vineyards, Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

1997

88

15.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Catena

Agrelo Vineyards, Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

1999

86

16.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Correas

Navarro Correas S.A.

Mendoza

1997

87

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

1997

88

7.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Fabre Montmayou

Domaine Vistalba S.A.

Mendoza

1997

87

11.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Flichman

Flichman

Mendoza

1995

86

7.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Rio de Plata

Etchart

Mendoza

1995

83

8.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

San Felipe

Family Reserve

Mendoza

1988

80

7.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Suter

Suter

Mendoza

1997

84

 

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1995

87

8.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1996

82

6.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1997

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1999

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

2000

87

8.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

1997

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

2000

88

10.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Villa Nueva

Bodegas Santa Ana S.A.

Mendoza

1997

87

8.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Vinas de Orfila

Vinas de Orfila

Mendoza

1986

86

6.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon

Vinterra

Vinterra

San Juan

2000

86

5.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon - Malbec

Sainsbury's

Bodegas Penaflor

Mendoza

 

83

6.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon - Malbec

Sainsbury's

Bodegas Penaflor

Mendoza

 

86

6.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon - Merlot

Santa Ana

Santa Ana

Mendoza

1994

82

4.00

Cabernet-Sauvignon - Merlot

Trivento

Trivento Bodegas y Vinedos S.A.

Mendoza

2000

87

8.00

Chardonnay

Alamos

Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

2001

89

10.00

Chardonnay

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1998

85

10.00

Chardonnay

Valentin Bianchi

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2000

85

13.00

Chardonnay

Vinas de Orfila

Vinas de Orfila

Mendoza

1992

88

6.00

Chenin Blanc

Bianchi

Elsa's Vineyard

Mendoza

1991

50

5.00

Malbec

Alamos

Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

2001

88

10.00

Malbec

Alamos Ridge

Nicolas Catena, Bodegas Esmeralda

Mendoza

1998

90

9.00

Malbec

Alfredo Roca

Alfredo Roca

Mendoza

1998

87

9.00

Malbec

Altos de Medrano

Altos de Medrano S.A.

Mendoza

1997

88

9.00

Malbec

Altos Las Hormigas

Altos de Medrano S.A.

Mendoza

1999

87

9.00

Malbec

Altos Las Hormigas

Altos de Medrano S.A.

Mendoza

2000

87

9.00

Malbec

Argento

Bodegas Esmeralda, Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

2002

88

11.00

Malbec

Balbi

Balbi Vineyard

Mendoza

1999

86

8.00

Malbec

Bianchi

Elsa's Vineyard

Mendoza

1990

83

6.00

Malbec

Canale

Humberto Canale

Rio Negro

2001

88

15.00

Malbec

Cavas del Valle

Bodegas Giaquinta

Mendoza

2000

82

 

Malbec

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

1998

89

9.00

Malbec

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

1999

87

9.00

Malbec

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

2001

87

9.00

Malbec

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

1999

87

7.00

Malbec

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2001

87

7.00

Malbec

Etchart Cafayate

Etchart Cafayate

Salta

2000

87

9.00

Malbec

Fabre Montmayou

Domaine Vistalba S.A.

Mendoza

1995

84

8.00

Malbec

Finca el Retiro

Pacifico Tittarelli S.A.

Mendoza

1998

90

9.00

Malbec

Flichman

Flichman

Mendoza

1996

70

7.00

Malbec

Humberto Canale

Humberto Canale

Rio Negro

2000

89

9.00

Malbec

Lurton

Bodega Jacques & Francois Lurton

Mendoza

1997

85

5.00

Malbec

Mariposa

Tapiz

Mendoza

1998

84

6.00

Malbec

Picajuan Peak

La Agricola S.A.

Mendoza

2002

85

7.00

Malbec

San Huberto

San Huberto

La Rioja

 

87

8.00

Malbec

Santa Ana

Santa Ana

Mendoza

1999

85

 

Malbec

Toso

Bodegas y Vinedos Pascual Toso S.A.

Mendoza

1997

86

6.00

Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1997

85

7.00

Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1999

88

8.00

Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

2000

88

8.00

Malbec

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

1999

88

9.00

Malbec

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

2000

88

9.00

Malbec

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

2001

88

9.00

Malbec

Valentin Bianchi

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

1997

88

18.00

Malbec

Valentin Bianchi

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

1999

88

14.00

Malbec - Barbera

Chateau Trivier

Vina Quintana

Mendoza

1998

84

6.00

Malbec - Syrah

Balbi

Balbi Vineyard

Mendoza

1997

85

5.00

Malbec - Tempranillo

Vicuna Peak

Vicuna Peak

Mendoza

1997

80

 

Mendoza

Sainsbury's

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

 

85

5.00

Mendoza Red Table Wine

Pequena Vasija

Vina San Felipe

Mendoza

1987

77

5.00

Merlot

Fabre Montmayou

Domaine Vistalba S.A.

Mendoza

1997

87

10.00

Merlot

Lewellyn Estates

Lewellyn Estates

Mendoza

1995

81

4.00

Merlot

Marcus James

Chais de Marcus James Vineyards

Mendoza

1997

86

6.00

Merlot

Rio de Plata

Etchart

Mendoza

1997

83

6.00

Merlot

Santa Ana

Santa Ana

Mendoza

1995

84

5.00

Merlot

Suter

Suter

Mendoza

1998

86

 

Merlot

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

1996

90

10.00

Merlot

Trumpeter

Familia Rutini Wines

Mendoza

2000

88

9.00

Merlot

Trumpeter

Familia Rutini Wines

Mendoza

2001

88

9.00

Merlot - Malbec

Cuvee de Trapiche

Cuvee de Trapiche

Mendoza

1994

75

4.00

Merlot - Malbec

Cuvee de Trapiche

Cuvee de Trapiche

Mendoza

1996

81

5.00

Merlot - Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1997

82

5.00

Merlot - Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1998

83

5.00

Merlot - Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

1999

77

6.00

Merlot - Malbec

Trapiche

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

2000

84

5.00

Pinot Noir

Alamos

Nicolas Catena

Mendoza

2001

87

10.00

Pinot Noir

Navarro Correas

Bodegas J.E.Navarro Correas

Mendoza

1991

80

14.00

Pinot Noir

Navarro Correas

Bodegas J.E.Navarro Correas

Mendoza

1999

87

15.00

Pinot Noir

Trapiche

Reserve

Mendoza

1992

80

6.00

Red

Titarelli

Titarelli

Mendoza

 

82

 

Red wine

Norton

Bodega Norton, Estate Reserve

Mendoza

2000

88

16.00

Sangiovese

Argenta

Flichman

Mendoza

1988

84

5.00

Sangiovese

Argenta

Flichman

Mendoza

1990

60

5.00

Sangiovese

Argenta

Flichman

Mendoza

1996

84

5.00

Sangiovese

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

1999

87

9.00

Sangiovese

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

2000

87

10.00

Sangiovese

Sainsbury's

Bodegas Trapiche

Mendoza

 

78

6.00

Sangiovese / Malbec

Argenta

Flichman

Mendoza

1996

84

5.00

Sangiovese / Malbec

Finca de Lara

Casa de Lara Bodegas

Mendoza

1995

75

5.00

Sauvignon Blanc

Valentin Bianchi

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2001

88

12.00

Semillon-Chardonnay

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2000

86

9.00

Semillon-Chardonnay

Elsa

Valentin Bianchi

Mendoza

2001

86

9.00

Syrah

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

2000

89

10.00

Syrah

Festivo Argentazo

Vina Festivo Argentazo

 

1997

85

5.00

Syrah

Finca Flichman

Finca Flichman

Mendoza

1998

89

9.00

Syrah

Temporada

Bodega Temporada

Mendoza

1996

83

8.00

Syrah

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

1999

88

8.00

Syrah

Trumpeter

La Rural Vinedos y Bodegas S.A.

Mendoza

2000

88

8.00

Syrah

Valle de Vistalba

Nieto y Senetiner

Mendoza

1996

87

7.00

Syrah - Malbec

Concha y Toro

Vina Patagonia

Mendoza

1997

85

5.00

Syrah - Merlot

Goyenechea

Goyenechea

Mendoza

1993

84

8.00

Tempranillo

Anubis

Susana Balbo Winemaker

Mendoza

2001

87

10.00

Tempranillo

Sainsbury's

Bodegas Penaflor

Mendoza

 

83

6.00

Tempranillo

Villa Nueva

Bodegas Santa Ana S.A.

Mendoza

2000

 

7.00

Viognier

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

1999

87

9.00

Viognier

Don Miguel Gascon

Bodegas Escorihuela

Mendoza

2001

87

9.00

NOTES.

Ratings are for wines which we have purchased in the United States, Canada or Great Britain, and we believe are available in one or another store in the larger cities in one or more of these three countries. There is, however, no attempt at constructing an exhaustive listing. Argentina is the world's fifth largest producer of wine, and obviously many more vineyards and varieties exist in that country. We are painfully aware that we will never have the time or resources to learn about them all.

(1) Ratings are given for wines personally tasted by Liane and Sergio Sismondo. Other people's recommendations are duly noted in our database but are not included in these listings. Generally, ratings under 80 indicate wine which has gone bad. Ratings between 80 and 89 are for wines which one would buy again. Ratings of 90 and above are for excellent and "grand" wines.

(2) The approximate retail price we have found in the United States, Canada or Great Britain, converted to US Dollars. Where we have found significant discrepancies in price we have taken the lower price. We have rounded the figures to the nearest dollar.

OUR FAVORITE.

Our favorite wine under ten dollars from this list, and tasted recently, is the Malbec by Humberto Canale, vintage 2000, from his vineyards in the Upper Valley in the Province of Rio Negro. It has interesting bouquet, a little deep and earthy, followed by subtle fruity flavours, with hints of cherry and chocolate, a perfect balance of tannins and delightlful lingering taste.

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