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The “Enthusiast 100” of 2013

December 6, 2013 | in Awards, News

The American magazine Wine Enthusiast has published its annual list of the 100 must-have wines. Apart from being all top scoring wines, they boast an exceptional value for money. The list includes 3 Argentine wines, two of them from Mendoza and one from Cafayate.

This year, Wine Enthusiast’s global tasting panel reviewed more than 16,500 wines, in every style and at every price point imaginable. In its November issue, the magazine published the Top 100 Best Buys, the year’s top wines for USD 15 or less. In the December issue, it published its Top 100 Cellar Selections, the year’s most age­ worthy and collectible wines.

The Enthusiast 100 list includes wines that the tasting panel thinks are remarkable for a multitude of reasons. These wines have obtained high scores, but beyond numerical ratings, they boast an excellent quality to price ratios, drinkability and availability.

They represent the incredible diversity available in the market today— the best wines in an array of styles, made from a wide range of grape varieties, and from wine regions all around the world.

These are the standout wines the panel of professionals value for their uniqueness, their balance and individuality, their unquestionable appeal and the sheer delight they experienced in tasting them.

In essence, the “Enthusiast 100” is a carefully culled selection of 2013’s must drink wines.

The three Argentine labels ranked within this Enthusiast 100 are:

In #31, with 94 points, the list includes “Alta Vista 2010 Temis Single Vineyard Malbec (Mendoza)”. These wines are among the best in Argentina. According to the Wine Enthusiast’s tasting panel, this wine offers a soft, deep, alluring nose with plum, berry, and minerality. It’ is rich, pure and a bit jammy in feel, with saturated blue berry, blackberry, molasses and caramel flavors. A cuddly, long finish confirms this Malbec’s outstanding status. Drink through 2018.

Moreover, the second wine from Argentina that appears in the list is Michel Torino 2011 Don David Finca la Maravilla #6 Malbec (Cafayate), with 92 points and in 76th position. As the tasting group described it: “after years of tasting Don David Malbecs, here is one that rises above the rest. This is jammy and stacked with brawny black-fruit aromas. The mouth is bulky and bullish, but balanced, with blackberry flavors that are coated with copious oak and end in a tornado of coffee, mocha, mint and oak. Drink now.”

Finally, the list encompasses another wine from Mendoza, which reached 93 points and #84, “Trapiche 2010 Finca Fausto Orellana de Escobar Terroir Series Single Vineyard Malbec (La Consulta)”. “This Malbec is deep, dark and sultry. Aromas of balsam wood, black fruits and marzipan lead to a smooth, elegant palate with flavors of baked berry fruits, cassis, licorice and toast. Those big four flavors carry onto the finish, which is smooth as a train running on well-oiled tracks. Drink through 2018,” pointed out the professionals of the Wine Enthusiast’s tasting panel.

Source: Wine Enthusiast

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