We consider awards not just as some recognition for our wines, but also an appreciation of the effort, work and passion dedicated by each of those who form an integral part of Doña Paula to reach the best results. That is why we are proud of having received such important points from great expert models in the wine world.
Luis Gutiérrez, wine critic of RobertParker.com and Wine Advocate publications, tasted some of our wines and these were the results:
Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2013 – 90pts: The first red wine I tasted was DP Estate Malbec 2013, an aromatic and floral wine with a strong presence of violets and blueberries that offers a great balance and freshness. In the mouth it presents a medium body, with fine tannins and a silky texture. Though the label reads Uco Valley, the technical data indicates that the grapes come from Gualtallary -the highest part of Tupungato- where no less than 135 hectares of vineyards have been planted. This is a delicious and mineral Malbec that surpasses each and every expectation. It is not just a greatly fresh wine but, in the mouth, it resembles a high quality wine from any winery. It is a great opportunity for such a price! And it is also easily available since 500,000 bottles were produced.
Doña Paula 1100 2013 – 91pts: The red blend DP 1100 2013 harvest had quite a minty and balsamic flavor in the mouth, with some hints of oak (from its one-year aging in French new and used barrels). It is a blend made of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that comes from alluvial soils with a high content of calcium carbonate found at a high altitude (1,100 meters) in the area of Altamira, San Carlos. It is a great blend of red varietals, delicate and mineral, with very well integrated grapes but a Malbec aroma that seems to be dominant. In the mouth it is a wine of medium body, with silky texture, good acidity and very fine tannins. It is an excellent choice for its price level. 12,000 bottles were produced from this wine.
Doña Paula Alluvia Parcel Malbec 2011 – 94pts: I was completely surprised by the DP Alluvia Parcel Malbec 2011. This wine is made with grapes from Gualtallary, the highest part of Tupungato in the Uco Valley at 1,350 meters of altitude. The distinctive feature of this wine is that the vines do not have a trellis system; instead they have old head-pruned vine system. The altitude and, of course, calcareous soils provide first quality grapes which have been fermented with neutral yeasts and aged in new barrels during 14 months. In the nose it is a ripe wine, fine and elegant, with soft violets and berries aroma, creating a delicate scent. In mouth it presents sweet tannins and a silky texture, with a very good acidity and a persistent finish. This elegant Malbec of Gualtallary is extraordinary. Only 2,500 were produced.
Top 100 Andes Wines 2015 by James Suckling
James Suckling made a selection of the Top 100 Andes Wines 2015, among which Doña Paula Alluvia Parcel Malbec 2011 is found with 93 points.
The National Institute of Viticulture developed Vinandino 2015, a part of ‘The Great Argentine Competitions’. Such event was held between the 14th and 18th of September giving a large participation to all the viticultural industry of the Argentine Republic and the world.
Doña Paula Selección de Bodega Malbec 2011 and the blend 1350 2013 received GOLD medals, while 1100 2013 obtained a SILVER medal.
The Drink Business
The Drink Business, the publication of world leader beverages, carried out the Global Malbec Masters 2014 with the participation of wines of Mendoza, Argentina, Maipo Valley, Chile and Cahors, France.
Doña Paula Selección de Bodega Malbec 2011 is a blend of this vine elaborated with grapes coming from 3 different vineyards of the Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo, which was awarded with the MASTER medal (more than 95 points).