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Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2012 Wine Review

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2012

Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2012

Mendoza, Argentina

Community Score:88/100

Community Reviews: 11

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Price: $16.95

Drink: 2013-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Alamos

Agent: E&J Gallo Winery Canada Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 90/100

A robust red with great depth and complexity at an excellent price point. The grapes for this red are grown in the San Carlos region in the Uco Valley. Syrah add so much character to this blend with fleshy blackberries and cherries. It's full-bodied, balanced and smooth. Perfect for grilled meats and hard cheeses. Highly recommended.

Malbec food pairings: herb-roasted lamb, pork tenderloin, cheddar cheese, spaghetti and meat balls.

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This Alamos Seleccion Malbec 2012 was reviewed on October 25, 2015 by Natalie MacLean

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Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Lots of ripe berry on the nose, dried cherries, plum, and licorice. Hint of mocha, medium bodied, sprinkle of pepper on the palate ….. spicy finish.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Cherry and plum aromas. The palate offers a nice mixture of red and black fruit with some red licorice and a bit of spice.
Brent Gushowaty rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Medium depth, with a ruby rim.

Berry fruit, fresh cherries, licorice, some floral notes.

As on the nose, lovely berry fruit, medium plus intensity, some smokiness. Silky texture that opens significantly in the glass.

Other Information:
Spent 12 months in French and American oak.

Date Tasted: May 12, 2015

Steve Kubota rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:


This is the fifth and final review for wine from Alamos tasted at a luncheon with winemaker Felipe Stahlschmidt and brand ambassador Tatiana Nessier. All of these wines are available in Canada but not all are available in every province.

From Alamos:

The Alamos Seleccion Malbec is the pinnacle of our portfolio. Tucked under the massive shoulders of the Andes Mountains in west central Argentina, the province of Mendoza is renowned for housing some of the best winegrowing regions in the world. The character of Medoza wines is forged in the high altitude desert vineyards irrigated by mineral-rich snowmelt from glaciers and snowfields. Altitudes range from 1,000 feet to around 5,000 feet, where the foothills rise steeply toward the Andes’ peaks. High altitude means cool temperatures and clear air, and clear air means more sunlight for building flavour in the grapes, helping make Mendoza the source of Argentina’s well-earned reputation for top quality, unique wines.

Winemaking Notes:

The grapes were handpicked, destemmed and crushed prior to a three- to four-day cold soak. The grapes were fermented in upright and conical tanks for six to eight days at 85F/29.5C, and the remained in contact with the skins for up to 25 days to enhance the extraction of flavour and color. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in combination of medium and medium plus toasted French and American oak for nine to 12 months before the final blend was assembled.

My Tasting Notes:

The wine is approachable from the start. A dark ruby red that opens with black and red berry aromas and with a touch of vanilla in the finish. Supple, with balanced and well-structured flavors of currant, dried cherry and pepper. There's an elegant mid-palate creaminess to this wine’s vintage and finishes off with a spiced finish. Drink now to 2019.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Felipe and Tatiana. Listening to Felipe talk about his love for wine and the expressions the wine produced from Mendoza was fascinating and an experience I will always remember, very engaging indeed.

Tasted on May 12, 2015
Courtney Flood rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

An interestingly savoury nose with dried currants, prune, black pepper, balsamic, and a touch of cool mint. Slightly gritty, this wine could probably use a good decanting. Flavours of black currant and smokey molasses and peppery finish. This wine needs to be paired with a roast of game meat such as venison.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Dark ruby/garnet, good viscosity with a nose of plum and mocha notes. Ripe plum, mocha, hint of pepper on th epalate. Medium-bodied with plummy finish.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Definitely a 'berrylicious' forward Malbec! Key fruit aromas include blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, hints of bubblehum, mineral (graphite), and smoke. This wine is medium bodied with moderate acidity and polished tannins (medium intensity tannin presence). The finish is medium long with a lingering pithy/bitterness. Enjoy this style of wine with mesquite bbq.
Produced by the Wines of Catena, the grapes for the 2012 vintage of the Alamos Seleccion Malbec come from vineyards in San Carlos in the Uco Valley, a cooler region and therefore the alcohol is lower relative to other Argentine Malbecs at "just" 13.5%. Polished tannins. - Community Wine Reviews

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