Ricardo Santos was the first Argentinean wine producer to export Malbec to the U.S. This was a bold move at the time, but an important step in establishing Argentina as a major wine producing nation. The small family winery is located near Mendoza at about 3,000 feet elevation. The daily operation is headed by Ricardo’s son Pedro leaving the wine production responsibilities to his other son, Patricio. Their backgrounds in engineering and winemaking (UC Davis) are a valuable asset to the family run winery, including their other line named Tercos.
Since the first vintage was released in 1995 “El Malbec de Ricardo Santos” has gained respect and popularity worldwide. This year Ricardo Santos will introduce his first “Gran Reserva” Malbec to the U.S. market. It will join the already established Santos Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and dry Semillon that are currently available in most states.
New things continue to come from them including the exciting new package for Tercos. Tercos Malbec, Bonarda, Sangiovese and Torrontes varietals will soon display a fresh new look on their bottles. The package changes, but in the bottle Patricio continues to produce the wines in a fresh, fruity and accessible style.
Just released! Respected wine critic Stephen Tanzer in his International Wine Cellar gave many of our wines high marks and praise. Highlights are below, but please see this link for a PDF of all the wines and full reviews: Tanzer IWC
2011 Antiyal, 92 points: “Deep, spice accented fruit flavors- built to age.”
2010 Maquis 'Franco' Cabernet Franc, 92 points: “Aromas of dark berry-rich/lively on the palate… depth to age.”
2009 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points: “Bouquet evokes dark berry… good depth and vivacity.”
2011 Kuyen 91 points: “Spicy cherry, blackcurrant… Big and rich.”
2011 Calcu Carmenere 88 points: “Tangy red fruit… slow-building tannins.”
2012 Meli Carignan, 88 points: “Ripe plum and blueberry on the nose… supple texture.”
2012 William Cole Pinot Noir Reserve, 88 points: “Red berry and cherry aromas… fine tannins, brisk.”
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