Argentine vineyards exist normally in the middle of semi-arid areas and at high altitudes. Dry mountain air insulates Argentine vineyards from disease. Abundant water allows these vineyards to yield more than other vineyards around the world at similar altitudes. While Argentina might have relatively low rainfall throughout the year, the rain it does have is concentrated during the growing season, though Argentina sometimes has problems with hail. Argentina has many important wine producing regions such as Mendoza, Patagonia, Salta and Neuquen. The most important region in Argentina is undoubtedly Mendoza where Malbec, its most popular grape, thrives. Malbecs here are full-bodied and rich, with broad fruit flavors and aromatics. Other grapes excel in Argentina as well, including: Chardonnay, Torrontes, Bonarda, and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as numerous others. Chardonnays tend to be similar to quality California wines. Torrontes is a white wine with enticing floral aromas similar to Gewurtztraminer with citrus flavors and acidity similar to Sauvignon Blanc. Bonarda, of Italian origin, is the most widely planted red grape in Argentina and it remains a source of underdeveloped potential for Argentine grape growers and winemakers.
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. Dark purple-colored, it displays a splendid nose of wild flowers, spice box, incense, black cherry and plum. This leads to an elegant, medium-bodied rendition of Malbec with a velvety texture, superb depth and concentration, succulent flavors with notes of chocolate and black pepper making an appearance, and a pure, silky finish. While it will continue to blossom for several more years, it can be enjoyed now."
"98 Points- Wine Advocate. The 2005 Nicolas Catena Zapata is a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Malbec. The brooding bouquet delivers pain grille, mineral, violet, scorched earth, pepper, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry aromas leading to a dense, opulent wine with gobs of savory fruit, ripe tannins, terrific concentration, and a 60-second finish."
"Brilliantly, light yellow in color with greenish tints. Strong and lively nose, typical Malagouzia, suggesting rose petal with floral aromas and sweet spices, melon, litchi with a note of honeysuckle. Round and mellow on the palate, fat but balanced, high in alcohol with plenty of finesse. Well structured, reminding the nose aromas with a hint of rosemary. A richly textured wine with superb length and balance. A classy wine with long finish and persistent aromas."
"95 Points- Decanter. Deep red with violet hues, delicate aromas highlighting ripe red fruits with hints of mint that are very harmonized with notes of vanilla and chocolate from oak. In mouth, ripe plums stand and a very good acidity with a hint of raisins and sweet tannins."
"An intense yellow and green color, with hints of ripe grapes at harvest time. Its aromas show tropical fruits of banana, passion fruit and pine, while the oak aging gives notes of coconut and vanilla. The palate is elegant, with an equal amount of acidity."
"Light and fresh, with forward peach and kiwi notes backed by a buttery hint on the finish."
"Furque's Syrah is produced from their 30 year-old vine arbors, located on a sandy-soiled terroir in Uco Valley. This very intense violet-red wine offers developped aromas of berries, leather, smoke and tobacco. With balanced tannins, the finish is long and persistent."
"Floral and fresh aromas, resembling honeysuckle, roses, lemon and grapefruit. Apricot and other citric notes are present. Intense and well balance on the finish with honeysuckle prevailing."
"Toasty and direct, with dark licorice and roasted vanilla flavors leading the way for dark plum and black currant fruit. The palate is big and chunky, with sweet, jammy black fruit flavors. Long, chocolaty on the finish."