James Suckling, an American wine critic and journalist who spent 30 years writing for Wine Spectator magazine until leaving to start his own website, has just released his Tasting Report: Argentina’s Great Minerality. He started it saying: “Even though many consumers still look to Argentina for big and bold reds, the country’s top wine producers appear to be moving towards more refined wines overall that offer power yet finesse. This in turn gives their reds the transparency to produce wines that better communicate their unique soils and climates.”
This shows why Doña Paula wines, which seek to reflect the best of the terroir they come from, are valued by the journalist.
The scores that James gave to Doña Paula wines and his comments on them are shared below:
Doña Paula Alluvia Parcel 2011 – 93 PTS.
Bright and fruity with a lovely violet, blackberry and mineral character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Balanced and refined. Drink now or hold.
Doña Paula Estate Black Edition 2014 – 90 PTS.
Plenty of dark berry and hints of dark chocolate on the nose and palate. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. A pleasing blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot.
Doña Paula Selección de Bodega Malbec 2011 – 91 PTS.
A soft and fruity red with blueberry, blackberry and vanilla character. Full and round. Juicy, fruit-forward style.
Doña Paula Los Indios Parcel 2011 – 91 PTS.
A fresh and clean wine with blackberry skin and mineral undertones. Hints of toasted oak too. Full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish with a hint of jam.
Doña Paula 1100 2013 – 92 PTS.
This is a ripe blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec and syrah with intense aromas of ripe cherries, eucalyptus and mulberries. Full-bodied with polished tannins and a bright juicy finish. Drink now but better in 2017.