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Ruta 22 Malbec 2010

Malbec from Argentina
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  • WE87
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Winemaker Notes

Intense red violet color. On the nose, it has a character of dark red fruits and a hint of plum. On the palate, the wine is fruity and smooth with fresh acidity and firm, but approachable tannins.

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WS 87
Wine Spectator

Elegant yet focused, with a solid core of raspberry and crushed plum fruit framed by grilled herbs, spice and a fine minerality that carries the stony finish. An all-season red.

WE 87
Wine Enthusiast

Stout and dense from the beginning, with blackberry and violet aromas. Despite being a bold and dark Malbec, this is fresh and composed, with sweet blackberry and cassis flavors. Good on the finish, with candied fruit and caramel sweetness.

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Ruta 22, , South America
Ruta 22
RN 22 or Ruta Nacional 22 is the Argentinean National Highway that connects the provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Rio Negro and Neuquen along its 685 km. The highway leads to Dos Andes in Rio Negro and Neuquen, Argentina, finishing in a paradise of endless vineyards.

The geography surrounding Ruta 22 is one of plateaus, mountains and of extreme weather. This area is mainly characterized by a landscape of lakes, mountains and forests.... View More

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